EF-1 tornado strikes Mechanicsburg area


The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado hit the Mechanicsburg area.


The path of the storm was about 300 yards wide, the twister touched down just 4 miles south of Mechanicsburg. 


According to the report from the National Weather Service, the tornado started at 3:57 p.m. and traveled 2.7 miles west-northwest of Illiopolis before leaving the ground at 4:06 p.m. The survey revealed that several outbuildings, roofs, homes, and trailers were damaged in the storm. 


Six other tornadoes in Illinois were confirmed including Divernon, where a EF0 tornado only stayed on the ground for about 60 seconds. Two other towns hit were Arenzville and Chrisman, both were EF0 twisters.


The National Weather Service is still surveying other areas that reported high winds and several damaged homes, including the Pana area.


The storms moved through central Illinois on Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., those in the path of the storm were urged to take cover because of the fast moving pace.

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