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The chance of earthquake damage in Carmi is about the same as Illinois average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Carmi is lower than Illinois average and is higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #322

Carmi, IL
0.30
Illinois
0.24
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Carmi, IL
0.0000
Illinois
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #949

Carmi, IL
205.48
Illinois
220.15
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 3,495 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Carmi, IL were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:31Dense Fog:25Drought:20
Dust Storm:0Flood:705Hail:820Heat:60Heavy Snow:44
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:11Landslide:1Strong Wind:39
Thunderstorm Winds:1,396Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:63Winter Weather:38
Other:238 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Carmi, IL.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 5 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Carmi, IL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
18.81968-11-095.3N/A38-88.5
35.11974-04-034.71138.59-88.09
31.21984-06-294.1237.7-88.47
27.81978-06-023.52038.42-88.46
38.21978-12-053.52538.62-88.36

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 98 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Carmi, IL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.91965-02-09238°06'N / 88°14'W38°08'N / 88°11'W3.30 Miles10 Yards00250K0White
10.51957-12-18338°10'N / 88°25'W38°17'N / 88°05'W19.80 Miles33 Yards04250K0Hamilton
13.81976-05-30238°14'N / 88°00'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0White
14.61989-01-07238°13'N / 88°24'W38°14'N / 88°21'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Hamilton
14.91990-06-02438°15'N / 88°25'W38°19'N / 88°09'W15.50 Miles300 Yards012.5M0Wayne
15.01989-01-07238°14'N / 88°21'W38°17'N / 88°20'W3.00 Miles100 Yards062.5M0White
15.11989-01-07238°17'N / 88°20'W38°19'N / 88°08'W10.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wayne
17.51996-04-19338°15'N / 88°25'W38°16'N / 88°24'W2.00 Miles400 Yards00200K0Wayne
 Brief Description: Total damage was estimated around 3 million dollars. The tornado destroyed 3 homes and caused moderate to severe damage to 50 others. About 45 barns and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, along with 60 to 70 grain bins. The small community of Piopolis was nearly devastated. The intensity of the tornado was just weak (F0 or F1) during most of its life, but it briefly reached F3 intensity.
18.51990-06-02438°15'N / 88°28'W38°15'N / 88°25'W2.60 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Hamilton
19.11990-06-02438°19'N / 88°09'W38°23'N / 87°59'W11.60 Miles300 Yards102.5M0Edwards
19.71989-01-07238°19'N / 88°08'W38°23'N / 87°56'W9.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Edwards
19.82008-01-29238°11'N / 87°52'W38°12'N / 87°48'W4.00 Miles100 Yards20200K0KPosey
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A mobile home was destroyed. Two occupants of the mobile home were killed. Numerous trees were uprooted. One barn was destroyed, along with some small sheds. Four barns, three houses, and one church were damaged. The damage was mostly to roofs. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was estimated to be 80 yards. The tornado continued into extreme southern Gibson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
20.02002-09-20238°06'N / 87°50'W38°09'N / 87°47'W4.70 Miles150 Yards01500K0Posey
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed 10 mobile homes and four buildings. The greatest concentration of damage was on Highway 165 about 2 miles south of Poseyville. Peak winds were estimated around 130 MPH. Among the destroyed structures was a county highway garage. Eight vehicles were tossed, including a small van that was thrown onto a debris pile. One person was treated for a cut.
22.82002-04-21338°21'N / 88°42'W38°21'N / 88°09'W30.00 Miles500 Yards1424.0M0Wayne
 Brief Description: The tornado entered Wayne County about a half mile north of Illinois Route 15, then proceeded to move northeast to a point about 1.5 miles north of Wayne City. The tornado then paralleled Route 15 just north of Sims. The tornado continued moving east toward Fairfield, and passed through the southern part of Fairfield with F-3 intensity winds. The tornado then travelled slightly south of east toward Golden Gate. The tornado weakened east of Golden Gate and finally dissipated in extreme eastern Wayne County near Ellery. The sole fatality occurred 4 miles west of Wayne City, when a 47-year-old man was killed inside his mobile home. Of the 42 hospital-treated injuries, 13 were critical. A total of 35 homes were destroyed, and 16 received major damage. The average wind speed in the tornado was 130 to 170 MPH, with peak winds at or approaching 200 MPH. The F-3 damage was located near Sims, southern sections of Fairfield, near Merriam, and areas west and north of Wayne City. Vehicles were picked up and deposited in houses. Well-constructed houses lost roofs and some walls. Weaker structures, including a tavern near Sims, were demolished. M47MH
23.01996-04-19338°08'N / 88°42'W38°17'N / 88°26'W13.00 Miles400 Yards002.8M0Hamilton
 Brief Description: Total damage was estimated around 3 million dollars. The tornado destroyed 3 homes and caused moderate to severe damage to 50 others. About 45 barns and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, along with 60 to 70 grain bins. The small community of Piopolis was nearly devastated. The intensity of the tornado was just weak (F0 or F1) during most of its life, but it briefly reached F3 intensity.
23.11989-10-16238°23'N / 88°22'W2.00 Miles800 Yards0025K0Wayne
23.22008-01-29238°12'N / 87°48'W38°13'N / 87°45'W3.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado entered southern Gibson County from northern Posey County. Damage consisted mostly of downed trees and a few damaged barns and sheds. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was about 80 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
24.21990-05-09238°06'N / 88°37'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Hamilton
24.51989-01-07238°23'N / 87°56'W38°24'N / 87°57'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wabash
24.81964-03-25238°09'N / 88°42'W38°14'N / 88°31'W11.50 Miles50 Yards0225K0Hamilton
25.41958-07-11238°22'N / 88°09'W38°31'N / 87°57'W14.90 Miles50 Yards0125K0Edwards
25.91961-03-06237°48'N / 88°32'W37°49'N / 88°27'W4.70 Miles100 Yards02250K0Saline
26.21963-03-16337°44'N / 88°21'W0.30 Mile30 Yards0025K0Gallatin
27.01975-01-10237°49'N / 88°32'W2.00 Miles587 Yards00250K0Saline
27.62002-04-28237°50'N / 88°38'W37°50'N / 88°30'W7.50 Miles200 Yards033.5M0Saline
 Brief Description: The tornado struck Galatia directly, damaging about 55 structures and destroying several. Peak winds were estimated between 120 and 130 MPH. The roof of a car wash was blown off, and then the walls collapsed on a police cruiser that was sheltered there. A coal mine sustained a quarter million dollars in damage. Two persons were injured in an overturned trailer. Two brick homes lost their roofs and some walls.
28.31990-06-02438°23'N / 87°59'W38°26'N / 87°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Wabash
28.92005-11-06337°50'N / 87°47'W37°51'N / 87°42'W5.50 Miles400 Yards00100K0Henderson
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down in northwest Henderson County and moved rapidly east-northeast across Ohio River bottomland. This fertile bottomland, used primarily for farming, was sparsely populated. A well-defined swath of snapped and uprooted trees was visible by air. An isolated farm house a few miles northeast of Smith Mills was destroyed. A pickup truck at the house was thrown into a field and destroyed. Due to the winding course of the Ohio River, which forms much of the Kentucky/Indiana border, the tornado crossed the river three times. The first crossing was into a peninsular section of Vanderburgh County, Indiana.
29.11960-02-09238°11'N / 88°42'W38°12'N / 88°41'W1.90 Miles77 Yards01250K0Jefferson
29.11971-12-15237°47'N / 87°48'W0025K0Henderson
29.71957-12-18338°12'N / 88°42'W2.50 Miles150 Yards03250K0Hamilton
30.81996-04-19338°09'N / 88°45'W38°09'N / 88°43'W2.00 Miles400 Yards00200K0Jefferson
 Brief Description: Total damage was estimated around 3 million dollars. The tornado destroyed 3 homes and caused moderate to severe damage to 50 others. About 45 barns and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed, along with 60 to 70 grain bins. The small community of Piopolis was nearly devastated. The intensity of the tornado was just weak (F0 or F1) during most of its life, but it briefly reached F3 intensity.
31.72005-11-06337°52'N / 87°42'W37°54'N / 87°36'W4.20 Miles400 Yards00150K0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: This tornado first crossed into Vanderburgh County, Indiana from Henderson County, KY at a peninsula formed by the Ohio River just west of Henderson. This peninsula is Ohio River bottomland primarily used for farming. From the air, scour marks were clearly visible on farmland. There were very few structures impacted in this small part of the county. A two-story house built in 1875 sustained major roof damage. Tree branches were embedded into the house. One farm equipment shed was demolished, and another sustained major damage. A 10,000-pound truck was flipped over. Heavy farm equipment was moved several feet. The tornado crossed the Ohio River back into Henderson County in a sparsely populated flood plain, used mostly for farming. This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
31.91960-06-28337°42'N / 87°55'W37°42'N / 87°47'W7.10 Miles33 Yards0122.5M0Union
32.11958-07-11238°31'N / 87°57'W38°30'N / 87°54'W2.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wabash
32.11973-04-19237°39'N / 87°58'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Union
32.11958-07-11238°33'N / 88°26'W38°32'N / 88°09'W15.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wayne
33.11989-04-03338°15'N / 87°38'W38°15'N / 87°34'W3.10 Miles100 Yards0825.0M0Gibson
33.11957-12-19237°42'N / 88°32'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Saline
34.01967-12-11237°45'N / 87°43'W000K0Henderson
34.62009-03-08238°33'N / 88°21'W38°36'N / 88°16'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0090K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Several structures were damaged. Half of the roof was blown off one house. A well-built storage barn was blown into another house. Debris was blown several hundred yards. Debris from a house impacted a second house 250 yards away. The second house had only minor structural damage. A large metal barn partially caved in when a small grain elevator blew onto it. Peak winds were estimated near 122 mph. The tornado crossed into Clay County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong 500 mb shortwave moved rapidly northeast from the Plains during the day. The shortwave became a closed low over the Great Lakes region by the evening hours. In the lower levels, a strong southwest 850 mb jet from 60 to 65 knots shifted east from the Ozarks across southern Illinois. These features provided sufficient shear and instability for a significant tornado.
34.61986-05-15237°59'N / 87°33'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Vanderburgh
35.22009-03-28337°40'N / 87°46'W37°47'N / 87°40'W9.00 Miles400 Yards02500K0KHenderson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado crossed into Henderson County from Union County. The tornado was near its maximum intensity of 140 mph near the county line. A Ford Ranger pickup truck was hurled about one quarter mile. Several other vehicles were overturned. Six homes were destroyed, ten received major damage, and sixty homes and buildings received minor damage. Much of the damage occurred in and near Corydon, especially along U.S. Highway 60. The hardest-hit buildings lost most walls and the roof. At least one grain bin was flattened. Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted. The average path width was about 300 yards. The tornado was photographed by an emergency management official. Due to the rain-wrapped nature of the tornado and the distance the photo was taken from, the tornado was not easily identifiable in the photo. The photographer was near where the tornado lifted or dissipated, less than a mile from the Henderson County airport. However, the tornado was still some distance away at the time of the photo. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure center moved northeast from Oklahoma into south central Missouri by late afternoon, with a warm front extending east from the low across western Kentucky. The warm front served as a focusing mechanism for some of the ingredients needed for tornadogenesis.
35.62005-11-06337°53'N / 87°35'W37°54'N / 87°33'W3.10 Miles400 Yards087.0M0Henderson
 Brief Description: The tornado that would cause mass casualties in the Evansville, Indiana area crossed the Ohio River a second time. This second crossing was from Vanderburgh County, Indiana into Henderson County. The tornado then crossed the river a third time less than a mile west of the U.S. Highway 41 twin bridges. The river does not form the state line at the third crossing. From the bridges, extensive tree damage was visible along both sides of the Ohio River. Almost immediately after crossing the river, the tornado slammed into a horse racing facility named Ellis Park. There was extensive damage to grandstands and housing facilities for jockeys. A few race horses were killed. This facility was the first major facility to be impacted by the tornado. All of the Henderson County tornado injuries were at Ellis Park. The tornado then crossed back into Vanderburgh County, Indiana after striking Ellis Park.
35.71955-11-15337°58'N / 87°32'W2.00 Miles50 Yards09250K0Vanderburgh
36.41960-06-28337°42'N / 87°47'W37°42'N / 87°39'W7.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Henderson
36.82009-03-28337°38'N / 87°48'W37°40'N / 87°46'W3.00 Miles400 Yards0040K0KUnion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The second tornado spawned by this supercell was stronger and longer lived. This second tornado formed along Highway 141 and moved northeast along the highway. Damage was spotty at the beginning of the damage path, where a small grain bin imploded. Further along the damage path, a 30-by-50 foot machinery shed was destroyed. The estimated maximum winds were near 140 mph as the tornado approached the Henderson County line. The tornado continued into Henderson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure center moved northeast from Oklahoma into south central Missouri by late afternoon, with a warm front extending east from the low across western Kentucky. The warm front served as a focusing mechanism for some of the ingredients needed for tornadogenesis.
36.81960-02-09237°58'N / 89°00'W38°11'N / 88°42'W22.10 Miles77 Yards00250K0Franklin
37.32005-11-06337°57'N / 87°33'W37°57'N / 87°28'W5.00 Miles400 Yards2020015.0M0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Vanderburgh County from Henderson County, KY a second time near Ellis Park, a horse-racing facility off U.S. Highway 41. The tornado moved rapidly east-northeast at close to 60 MPH, staying a mile or less south of Interstate 164 and the southern city limit of Evansville. Twenty people perished at a large mobile home park on the south side of the interstate. Of about 350 mobile homes in the park, 100 were destroyed and another 125 were damaged. Many of the destroyed homes were obliterated. The coroner reported that most of the victims were probably killed instantly, many by spine and skull fractures. Several bodies were carried almost two hundred yards. Several of the fatally injured persons were found in a nearby retention pond that was drained to find victims. An 8-year-old child was found alive in a ditch after being trapped under debris for about 12 hours. One person, who was thrown 150 feet, died of complications from tornado injuries on December 17. The tornado exited into Warrick County at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, just south of Interstate 164. M5MH, M25MH, F56MH, M59MH, F6MH, M26MH, F46MH, F31MH, M28MH, F60MH, M2MH, F61MH, F46MH, M38MH, M54MH, F78MH, M64MH, F67MH, F28MH, F45MH This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
37.51990-06-02438°26'N / 87°43'W38°27'N / 87°35'W8.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
37.51990-10-03237°35'N / 88°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Pope
37.71990-06-02438°34'N / 88°28'W38°37'N / 88°24'W5.50 Miles300 Yards02250K0Wayne
37.81957-12-18338°30'N / 88°38'W38°36'N / 88°27'W11.90 Miles200 Yards01250K0Wayne
38.71989-01-07438°29'N / 87°47'W38°35'N / 87°42'W7.00 Miles200 Yards05025.0M0Wabash
38.81961-03-06237°54'N / 89°51'W38°23'N / 87°55'W110.2 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Randolph
39.01990-06-02438°37'N / 88°24'W38°39'N / 88°18'W5.50 Miles300 Yards00250K0Clay
39.32009-05-14238°12'N / 87°34'W38°13'N / 87°22'W10.00 Miles125 Yards00300K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Maximum winds were estimated near 120 mph at the beginning of the damage path. The most significant damage occurred on a farm on the north side of the Haubstadt Raceway. A 50-foot grain bin was moved off its foundation and destroyed, several large machinery buildings sustained partial losses of roofs and walls, and a race car frame on blocks was moved about 100 feet. Damage intensity decreased eastward along the path. Elsewhere along the path, a barn lost its roof, and several homes received roof damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A line of severe thunderstorms moved slowly southeast through the early morning hours. These storms moved through a very moist and unstable atmosphere. A small-scale bow echo produced a significant tornado.
39.81982-03-30238°09'N / 88°54'W0.80 Mile100 Yards132.5M0Jefferson
40.31957-12-18338°36'N / 88°27'W38°41'N / 88°21'W7.70 Miles200 Yards00250K0Clay
41.31990-06-02438°39'N / 88°18'W38°43'N / 88°05'W12.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Richland
41.51963-04-19238°33'N / 87°44'W38°34'N / 87°40'W3.60 Miles250 Yards00250K0Wabash
41.91972-04-21337°33'N / 88°32'W0.30 Mile60 Yards3025K0Pope
42.21956-04-03337°40'N / 87°35'W37°49'N / 87°29'W11.70 Miles223 Yards0025K0Henderson
43.21979-04-11238°00'N / 87°26'W38°02'N / 87°20'W5.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Vanderburgh
43.51979-04-11237°39'N / 87°35'W37°45'N / 87°30'W8.20 Miles200 Yards050K0Henderson
43.51998-04-15238°39'N / 88°32'W38°42'N / 88°23'W9.50 Miles150 Yards082.1M0Clay
 Brief Description: A severe thunderstorm, which originated in eastern Missouri, travelled to the east across southern Illinois. It produced numerous tornadoes. When it moved into our county warning area, it produced two tornadoes over Clay County. The first tornado touched down 3 miles west southwest of Flora. As it travelled to the northeast it destroyed a set of crossing signals along a set of railroad tracks. It moved parallel to the tracks and on the west edge of Flora it blew 60 to 70 cars of a moving CSX freight train off the tracks. No injuries were reported with the train crew or anyone nearby. At this point the tornado was F2 intensity. Most of the tornado track through Flora stayed south of the railroad tracks. In this area most of the structural damage to frame houses was relatively minor with roof/siding damage the most common. A few homes totally lost roofs, garages/storage sheds were destroyed, and one unanchored mobile home was destroyed and landed about 100 feet from its foundation. Three occupants sustained minor injuries. Several vehicles in the area were damaged from falling trees and debris. The tornado briefly lifted and came down again on the east side of town. It damaged or destroyed 40 to 50 condominiums, which was due more to a result of poor construction techniques rather than wind speed. Roof structures did not survive, with the rafters only consisting of 2x4s. The tornado was rated F1 in this area. After hitting the condominium complex, the tornado caused light damage to an industrial park with power poles down and 10 businesses sustaining damage. From there the damage was light, mainly to trees. Two miles northwest of Clay City, the tornado overturned a mobile home before lifting. At about the same time, half a mile to the north of the first tornado, another tornado formed and touched down. It destroyed a mobile home (F2 intensity) and then travelled to the northeast causing spotty damage, mainly to trees. It destroyed a shed 5 miles north of Olney (Richland County) before lifting and dissipating. In total 8 people sustained minor injuries. Damage in Clay County was estimated around $2.2 million and no damage estimate was available for Richland County.
43.61957-12-18238°20'N / 89°01'W38°21'N / 88°48'W11.60 Miles200 Yards0025K0Jefferson
43.81965-11-26238°43'N / 88°05'W0.50 Mile20 Yards0525K0Richland
44.21957-12-18438°17'N / 89°05'W38°21'N / 88°47'W16.80 Miles250 Yards1452.5M0Jefferson
44.62005-11-06237°28'N / 87°57'W37°29'N / 87°52'W5.00 Miles150 Yards0075K0Webster
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Webster County from Crittenden County and moved rapidly east-northeast. The track ended on the north side of the community of Wheatcroft. Most of the damage occurred along and near Highway 109 around Wheatcroft, the only community directly affected by the tornado. West of Wheatcroft, there was slight structural damage, and trees were snapped. A large shed door was blown off, and pillar columns on a house were bent. On the north side of Wheatcroft, a tool shed was destroyed and two campers were overturned. A pickup truck without an engine was rolled about 200 feet. The hood of the truck went through a window. Smaller trees and a house antenna were blown down. The Crittenden/Webster County tornado was one of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. This tornado, which was the more southern tornado, was shorter-lived and somewhat weaker than its northern counterpart. The northern tornado caused considerably more destruction and loss of life in the Henderson, KY and Evansville, IN areas.
44.61990-06-02438°27'N / 87°35'W38°29'N / 87°26'W7.50 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Gibson
44.61957-05-21238°42'N / 87°59'W38°43'N / 87°55'W3.60 Miles150 Yards0025K0Richland
44.91963-04-19238°34'N / 87°40'W38°37'N / 87°38'W3.30 Miles250 Yards010250K0Lawrence
45.31956-04-03337°31'N / 87°40'W37°40'N / 87°35'W11.20 Miles223 Yards1225K0Webster
45.41967-05-06237°26'N / 87°53'W37°32'N / 87°48'W8.20 Miles50 Yards02250K0Webster
45.41998-04-15238°43'N / 88°23'W38°45'N / 88°15'W6.50 Miles150 Yards00100K0Clay
 Brief Description: A severe thunderstorm, which originated in eastern Missouri, travelled to the east across southern Illinois. It produced numerous tornadoes. When it moved into our county warning area, it produced two tornadoes over Clay County. The first tornado touched down 3 miles west southwest of Flora. As it travelled to the northeast it destroyed a set of crossing signals along a set of railroad tracks. It moved parallel to the tracks and on the west edge of Flora it blew 60 to 70 cars of a moving CSX freight train off the tracks. No injuries were reported with the train crew or anyone nearby. At this point the tornado was F2 intensity. Most of the tornado track through Flora stayed south of the railroad tracks. In this area most of the structural damage to frame houses was relatively minor with roof/siding damage the most common. A few homes totally lost roofs, garages/storage sheds were destroyed, and one unanchored mobile home was destroyed and landed about 100 feet from its foundation. Three occupants sustained minor injuries. Several vehicles in the area were damaged from falling trees and debris. The tornado briefly lifted and came down again on the east side of town. It damaged or destroyed 40 to 50 condominiums, which was due more to a result of poor construction techniques rather than wind speed. Roof structures did not survive, with the rafters only consisting of 2x4s. The tornado was rated F1 in this area. After hitting the condominium complex, the tornado caused light damage to an industrial park with power poles down and 10 businesses sustaining damage. From there the damage was light, mainly to trees. Two miles northwest of Clay City, the tornado overturned a mobile home before lifting. At about the same time, half a mile to the north of the first tornado, another tornado formed and touched down. It destroyed a mobile home (F2 intensity) and then travelled to the northeast causing spotty damage, mainly to trees. It destroyed a shed 5 miles north of Olney (Richland County) before lifting and dissipating. In total 8 people sustained minor injuries. Damage in Clay County was estimated around $2.2 million and no damage estimate was available for Richland County.
45.52005-11-06337°25'N / 88°03'W37°28'N / 87°57'W6.20 Miles150 Yards05300K0Crittenden
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down one quarter mile west of Highway 654 and moved rapidly east-northeast. A mobile home on Highway 654 was overturned and destroyed, injuring a 12-year-old boy. A house roof was blown off. Where the tornado crossed Highway 365, a two-story home was completely demolished. The home exterior was mainly vinyl with some brick. Three persons in the house were injured. Two of the injured were treated and released, but a third person was critically injured and transferred to an Evansville hospital. The tornado was estimated to be at its strongest near Highway 365, with peak winds of 160 MPH. A small boat was carried about 400 yards, and several vehicles were moved. After crossing Highway 365, the path was roughly parallel to and less than a mile north of U.S. Highway 60. The tornado crossed Highway 60 and exited into Webster County about a mile northeast of Arflack Hill. Where the tornado crossed U.S. Highway 60, a truck trailer was overturned, and a house roof was damaged. Along the entire length of the path, numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. The Crittenden/Webster County tornado was one of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. This tornado, which was the more southern tornado, was shorter-lived and somewhat weaker than its northern counterpart. The northern tornado caused considerably more destruction and loss of life in the Henderson, KY and Evansville, IN areas.
45.52003-05-04237°29'N / 87°51'W37°29'N / 87°49'W1.50 Miles75 Yards011.0M0Webster
 Brief Description: In Clay, 6 homes and 2 businesses were destroyed. An additional 45 homes and 4 businesses received varying degrees of damage, ranging from minor to major. A woman was injured when a tree fell and landed on her, breaking her hip. Peak winds were estimated near 125 MPH. One of the destroyed businesses was a hardware store. The other business, on the north side of Clay, housed spring planting supplies. That business lost four metal buildings. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down. A severe thunderstorm produced a series of tornadoes across Livingston, Crittenden, and Webster Counties. Both tornadoes in Livingston County originated on the Illinois side of the Ohio River. The strongest tornadoes occurred from Mattoon to Clay, where F2 damage was observed in spots.
45.72004-10-18237°33'N / 88°43'W37°32'N / 88°35'W6.00 Miles300 Yards00150K0Pope
 Brief Description: This tornado entered Pope County from Johnson County in a remote area of the Shawnee National Forest. Most of the track was through heavily forested areas, causing extensive tree destruction. The tornado reached its peak intensity about a mile northeast of Bell Smith Springs, a scenic river gorge about 4 miles northwest of Eddyville. Peak winds were estimated near 120 MPH. Near the end of the damage path, just as the tornado was reaching Illinois Route 145, a mobile home was damaged. A supercell thunderstorm organized over southern Jackson County, then spawned a tornado as it moved east along the Union/Williamson County line. This supercell continued east-southeast across northern Johnson and northern Pope Counties, producing two significant tornadoes and large hail. Although the storm exhibited strong rotation as it continued east through Hardin County and across the Ohio River into Kentucky, no additional tornadoes were reported there.
46.21956-02-25238°44'N / 88°05'W38°45'N / 87°55'W8.80 Miles450 Yards002.5M0Richland
46.31967-12-11238°31'N / 87°31'W0025K0Knox
46.51979-04-11237°23'N / 87°51'W37°39'N / 87°35'W23.40 Miles200 Yards000K0Webster
46.61982-05-31237°43'N / 87°32'W37°48'N / 87°19'W12.00 Miles33 Yards042.5M0Henderson
46.81990-06-02438°28'N / 87°29'W38°28'N / 87°26'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Gibson
46.91973-06-02237°46'N / 88°56'W00250K0Williamson
47.51979-04-11238°02'N / 87°20'W38°04'N / 87°16'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1225K0Warrick
48.01996-04-19237°55'N / 87°20'W37°55'N / 87°18'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00500K0Warrick
 Brief Description: The damage path was from the Ohio River east across a major manufacturing plant. The tornado tracked just south of State Route 66 and immediately north of the Ohio River. About $250,000 damage occurred to one building at the plant. Five railroad box cars were overturned, 2 metal culverts were lifted and moved 25 feet, and several other buildings at the plant were damaged. Two mobile homes were destroyed.
48.11991-11-19337°44'N / 88°56'W1.50 Miles70 Yards01625.0M0Williamson
48.22003-05-04237°24'N / 88°01'W37°24'N / 88°00'W0.20 Mile25 Yards0100Crittenden
 Brief Description: A mobile home was destroyed, and there was significant damage to a permanent home. The occupant of the mobile home received minor injuries. A barn was destroyed, and numerous trees and power lines were down. Peak winds were estimated near 120 MPH. A severe thunderstorm produced a series of tornadoes across Livingston, Crittenden, and Webster Counties. Both tornadoes in Livingston County originated on the Illinois side of the Ohio River. The strongest tornadoes occurred from Mattoon to Clay, where F2 damage was observed in spots.
48.31957-12-19238°12'N / 89°03'W1.00 Mile67 Yards0025K0Jefferson
48.31989-01-07438°35'N / 87°42'W38°37'N / 87°26'W12.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Knox
48.42007-10-18237°31'N / 87°41'W37°35'N / 87°31'W10.00 Miles300 Yards052.5M0KWebster
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Three residences were destroyed, and ten others were damaged. Four of the damaged residences were deemed uninhabitable. Six chicken houses were destroyed. A rehabilitation center for troubled young adults received about 2 million dollars in damage. Four persons were seriously injured, and a fifth person received minor injuries. One of the injuries occurred when the tornado picked up a vehicle and tossed it. The occupant of the vehicle was ejected. The other four injuries occurred at a modular home on Kentucky 494. The modular home was nearly obliterated, with debris blown across nearby fields. The home's steel frame was thrown about 300 feet. All four occupants were seriously injured, including broken vertebrae and a punctured lung. Numerous roads were blocked by downed trees. Peak winds were estimated at 135 mph. The average path width was 250 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
48.91967-12-11237°20'N / 88°05'W37°27'N / 87°55'W12.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Crittenden
49.02005-11-06337°57'N / 87°28'W38°06'N / 87°05'W21.00 Miles500 Yards43065.0M0Warrick
 Brief Description: This tornado, which crossed into Warrick County from Vanderburgh County just south of Interstate 164 (at Angel Mounds), crossed the entire county in less than 20 minutes. The tornado reached its peak intensity in Warrick County, where winds reached about 200 MPH. The peak winds occurred along Highway 261 and Lincoln Road, in an industrial park near Paradise, and in DeGonia Springs. As the tornado passed south of Boonville, the county seat of Warrick County, a teenage girl was killed in a vehicle. In the community of DeGonia Springs, three persons in a mobile home were killed. One of the victims was a woman who was 8-months pregnant. From the north side of Newburgh to DeGonia Springs, houses were severely damaged or destroyed, and vehicles were tossed. Some of the tornado victims were moved 40 feet or more. The tornado passed just to the south of Tennyson before exiting into Spencer County. M33MH, F28MH, M4MH, F18VE This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
49.11957-05-21237°58'N / 87°17'W0225K0Warrick
49.41957-12-18238°25'N / 89°01'W38°26'N / 88°56'W4.50 Miles33 Yards0225K0Jefferson
49.51963-04-19238°37'N / 87°38'W38°37'N / 87°29'W7.90 Miles250 Yards0122.5M0Knox
49.61982-05-29437°48'N / 89°08'W37°43'N / 88°50'W17.00 Miles400 Yards10181250.0M0Williamson
49.62000-01-03337°23'N / 87°51'W37°29'N / 87°44'W9.00 Miles440 Yards002.4M0Webster
 Brief Description: The tornado caused extensive damage in the community of Diamond. Both Crittenden and Webster Counties were declared federal disaster areas.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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