Saturday night was a busy night across the Heart of Illinois as a strong line of thunderstorms moved through. This line produced multiple severe thunderstorms and prompted Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. Two Tornado Warnings were also issued.
After doing storm surveys, the National Weather Service in Lincoln has confirmed two tornadoes in the area. The first was in South Pekin in Tazewell County and the other was near Bellflower in McLean County.
EF Rating – EF-1
Estimated Peak Winds – 105 mph
Path Length – 2.5 miles
Path Width – 200 yards
The storm survey concluded that this tornado initially touched down in an open field near the intersection of N Deppert Road and Christmas Tree Road. The tornado then moved ESE nearly parallel to Christmas Tree Road where there was tree damage to 4 homes. One shed was completely destroyed and a garage was shifted off of its foundation. The tornado lifted near the intersection of Christmas Tree Road and Tarpley Road.