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

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #17

Johnson County
0.77
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

Johnson County
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, #51

Johnson County
213.46
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 12,404 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Johnson County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:4Cold:77Dense Fog:82Drought:86
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,972Hail:3,325Heat:167Heavy Snow:133
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:56Landslide:1Strong Wind:131
Thunderstorm Winds:5,274Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:5Winter Storm:163Winter Weather:106
Other:821 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Johnson County.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 8 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Johnson County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
38.21968-11-095.3N/A37-88.5
42.71968-11-095.3N/A38-88.5
32.81965-08-155.1N/A37.37-89.47
30.41965-08-145N/A37.1-89.2
33.61972-06-194.51337-89.08
28.01984-06-294.1237.7-88.47
18.51984-02-143.8237.21-89
32.11963-08-033.61837-88.8

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 92 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Johnson County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.81972-04-14237°33'N / 88°58'W37°34'N / 88°46'W10.90 Miles30 Yards0025K0Johnson
6.92002-04-28237°22'N / 88°54'W37°22'N / 88°47'W7.00 Miles400 Yards02100K0Johnson
 Brief Description: This tornado was produced by the same supercell thunderstorm that spawned a long-track tornado over southern Union and southwest Johnson Counties. This tornado touched down along U.S. Highway 45, about 3 miles south of Vienna. The tornado moved east across Interstate 24, and then dissipated about 1.5 miles east of the interstate near Ganntown. Two persons were injured when their mobile home was demolished. Two other mobile homes were extensively damaged. Numerous trees were down.
8.51972-04-14237°31'N / 89°03'W37°33'N / 88°58'W4.90 Miles30 Yards0525K0Johnson
8.91974-06-22237°33'N / 89°00'W000K0Johnson
8.92004-10-18237°36'N / 88°58'W37°34'N / 88°54'W4.30 Miles250 Yards02500K0Johnson
 Brief Description: The tornado turned east-southeast from Williamson County back into Johnson County. The bulk of the damage and injuries occurred in a neighborhood on the southern half of the Lake of Egypt. The two injured persons were mobile home residents whose homes were demolished. One of the mobile homes was swept clean off its foundation. The demolished home was deposited 50 to 100 yards away. The 32-year-old male occupant of the mobile home, who was ejected from the home, received numerous bruises and cuts. A female resident of another mobile home was injured. In total, three mobile homes were destroyed, and dozens of mobile homes, barns, and sheds were damaged. Rescue efforts were hampered by a large amount of tree debris on roads. Peak winds in the Lake of Egypt neighborhood were estimated near 120 MPH. The tornado lifted as it reached the southeast side of the Lake of Egypt. The parent thunderstorm produced another tornado in northern Johnson County only a few miles beyond where this tornado lifted. 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.
9.82002-04-28237°22'N / 89°03'W37°22'N / 88°59'W3.00 Miles400 Yards023.0M0Johnson
 Brief Description: The tornado entered Johnson County near Cypress and was on the ground for only a few miles in Johnson County. Cypress was impacted directly, where about 50 structures were damaged, including a school. The school lost portions of upper story walls and the roof. Two trailers were destroyed.
11.31957-12-18237°18'N / 88°55'W0.10 Mile33 Yards0025K0Johnson
13.32003-05-06437°14'N / 88°56'W37°19'N / 88°42'W14.00 Miles1000 Yards12010.0M0Massac
 Brief Description: The tornado was near its maximum F-4 intensity as it crossed the Pulaski County line into western Massac County near the community of Hillerman. Estimated winds of 210 MPH disintegrated mobile homes and levelled several modern frame homes. One frame house was swept clean off its foundation, with only the roof left intact in a creek about 200 yards away. Many vehicles were lifted, rolled, or thrown up to 100 yards or more. Numerous cases of missiling were observed, including glass embedded in trees. Tree destruction in forested areas was nearly complete, and a few trees were debarked. The only fatality in Massac County was a 65-year-old female who was killed when her mobile home disintegrated. The official cause of death was blunt trauma to the head. She was found in a water-filled ravine about 100 yards from the former site of her mobile home. The frame of the mobile home was wrapped around the trunks of two trees that were stripped of all their limbs. Most of the levelled frame homes were concentrated on Boaz Road and Rolling Hills Road, in or near Hillerman. After passing through Hillerman, the tornado overturned dozens of railroad cars of a train just west of the Mermet Lake Conservation Area, which is off U.S. Route 45. The Mermet Lake Conservation Area was extensively damaged. An estimated 300 acres of forest were destroyed, boat docks were destroyed, and bathing facilities were destroyed. Dozens of waterfowl were found dead. After destroying additional residences and high tension power lines, the tornado crossed Interstate 24 near mile marker 28, about a mile south of the New Columbia exit. Tractor-trailer rigs and a tour bus were overturned on the interstate, injuring the drivers. The interstate was closed due to grain bins, tree limbs, and some building debris on the highway. Additional residences were destroyed between the interstate and the Pope County line. The tornado crossed into Pope County near where Illinois Route 145 crosses the county line. In Massac County, a total of 15 single-family houses and 13 mobile homes were destroyed. About 20 other single-family houses and 15 mobile homes received major damage. Several dozen other residences had some type of minor damage. Numerous vehicles and farming implements were destroyed, including combines. About 20 persons were injured in Massac County, but only one or two were hospitalized in serious or critical condition. Most of the injuries involved lacerations, bruises, broken bones, and internal injuries. Near Hillerman, a deputy sheriff escaped unhurt after his patrol car was thrown about 50 yards and struck by a flying tree and telephone pole. F65MH The deadliest and most destructive storm of the night tracked within 10 miles of the Ohio River across extreme southern Illinois. The storm produced a 33-mile long tornado that killed two and injured about 33. A small but very damaging downburst occurred several miles south of the tornado track. A swath of large hail occurred north of the tornado track. Hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter were reported at and near the intersection of Highways 145 and 147, near the community of Glendale in Pope County.
13.92004-10-18237°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.
14.52003-05-06437°16'N / 89°02'W37°16'N / 88°56'W6.00 Miles1000 Yards1133.5M0Pulaski
 Brief Description: This violent tornado began near Grand Chain and reached its maximum intensity of 210 MPH as it neared the Massac County line. A 53-year-old man was killed when the chimney of his house collapsed on him. The man, who was in his basement, was protecting his son by lying on top of him when the collapse occurred. The son received broken bones. Their house was impaled by some nearby large trees that prevented it from being swept farther away. Along the Pulaski County portion of the tornado path, six single family homes and ten mobile homes were destroyed. Another ten single family homes and a mobile home had major damage. A few dozen other residences received some type of minor damage. A few dozen outbuildings, two businesses, and a campground were destroyed or had major damage. Approximately 13 persons were injured, but only a few of those required hospitalization. All roads in the damage area were impassable due to large numbers of trees and building debris on them. Many of the tornado victims in this county had no insurance on their residences. The area of most intense destruction was along Tick Ridge Road, a state road that follows a ridge above the Ohio River. M53PH The deadliest and most destructive storm of the night tracked within 10 miles of the Ohio River across extreme southern Illinois. The storm produced a 33-mile long tornado that killed two and injured about 33. A small but very damaging downburst occurred several miles south of the tornado track. A swath of large hail occurred north of the tornado track. Hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter were reported at and near the intersection of Highways 145 and 147, near the community of Glendale in Pope County.
15.71972-04-14237°32'N / 89°16'W37°31'N / 89°03'W11.80 Miles30 Yards0025K0Union
16.12003-05-06237°14'N / 88°50'W37°15'N / 88°44'W4.00 Miles50 Yards0080K0Massac
 Brief Description: The roofs of several houses were severely damaged or blown off. One business was destroyed. Several barns and outbuildings were destroyed. Numerous large trees were blown down, along with seven power poles. Peak winds were estimated near 125 MPH. The damage path began due north of Metropolis and crossed Illinois Route 145 about 7 miles north-northeast of Metropolis. Route 145 and several smaller roads were closed due to large trees blown across them. This damage was located in nearly the exact location where damaging thunderstorm winds occurred about 48 hours earlier, on the evening of May 4. The deadliest and most destructive storm of the night tracked within 10 miles of the Ohio River across extreme southern Illinois. The storm produced a 33-mile long tornado that killed two and injured about 33. A small but very damaging downburst occurred several miles south of the tornado track. A swath of large hail occurred north of the tornado track. Hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter were reported at and near the intersection of Highways 145 and 147, near the community of Glendale in Pope County.
16.51976-02-16237°28'N / 89°11'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0125K0Union
17.22002-04-28337°21'N / 88°43'W37°23'N / 88°28'W12.00 Miles200 Yards01400K0Pope
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down near Dixon Springs and tracked east, parallel and very close to Illinois Route 146. The path was through rural farm country and the Shawnee National Forest. A couple of farm buildings were damaged near the beginning of the track. Where the tornado crossed Route 146, a mobile home was destroyed, injuring one person. On the north side of Golconda, one brick home was destroyed and a couple of nearby homes were damaged. The tornado then crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky.
17.52006-09-22337°12'N / 88°48'W37°14'N / 88°48'W3.50 Miles125 Yards02500K0Massac
 Brief Description: This tornado, which contained peak winds near 160 MPH, struck between Joppa and the Metropolis airport. The damage path started about a mile from the Ohio River, where F-1 winds uprooted numerous trees. As the tornado crossed U.S. Highway 45 near Joppa Road, a barn was destroyed. The tornado then strengthened to F-3 intensity, destroying a log home. The roof and an exterior wall of the well-constructed log home were blown about one-half mile. Another house nearby sustained major damage. Four mobile homes were destroyed, along with garages and outbuildings. Part of a double wide mobile home blew into a church sanctuary. Six vehicles were tossed up to 100 yards. At least one of the vehicles landed in a pond. The only two persons injured were residents of a destroyed mobile home. The worst of the injuries was a broken arm. Hundreds of trees were broken or uprooted, and numerous trees fell on cars. Numerous power poles were downed. A seriously injured dog was found in a ditch one quarter mile away. The most intense damage, where vehicles were tossed, occurred about two-thirds of the way along the damage path near Red Oak Road. The tornado was witnessed by the general public. The average path width was 100 yards.
17.72002-04-28337°22'N / 89°20'W37°22'N / 89°02'W16.00 Miles400 Yards185.0M0Union
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down in very hilly terrain in the Shawnee National Forest and then tracked east, crossing Route 127 just north of Mill Creek. The tornado then directly struck the community of Dongola, where most of the damage and casualties occurred. A 69-year-old woman was killed as she was attempting to flee her mobile home. The woman had just gotten into her car, started the engine, and turned the lights on when the tornado struck. She was blown away from the car and found dead under a structure across the road from where the vehicle was parked and still running. Elsewhere in the Dongola area, a train was blown off the tracks. Several wood houses were demolished, and seven double-wide trailers were destroyed. Approximately 75 homes were damaged. A recreational vehicle was tossed across Lake Dongola and impaled into the ground. F69VE
18.42003-05-06337°18'N / 88°41'W37°23'N / 88°29'W13.00 Miles600 Yards002.5M0Pope
 Brief Description: The tornado entered Pope County near where Illinois Route 145 crosses the Massac County line. The tornado passed near the communities of Temple Hill, Homberg, and Brownfield. In Pope County, three mobile homes and four permanent homes were destroyed, along with numerous barns and outbuildings. An additional nine single-family homes and two mobile homes received major damage. Dozens of other residences received minor to moderate damage. Some vehicles were rolled or moved. The tornado passed just west and northwest of Golconda before ending about a mile north of town. Just west of Golconda, the roof was blown off the county elementary school's gymnasium. Despite the seven destroyed residences, not one injury was reported. The maximum intensity of the tornado was rated F-3 in Pope County, and F-4 in Massac and Pulaski Counties. The slightly lower intensity of the tornado, combined with the fact it narrowly missed the center of several Pope County communities, may partly explain the lack of injuries. When the tornado ended just north of Golconda, it had been on the ground for 33 miles and an hour and ten minutes. Where the track of the tornado ended near Golconda, the Ohio River and Kentucky state line were less than a mile away. The deadliest and most destructive storm of the night tracked within 10 miles of the Ohio River across extreme southern Illinois. The storm produced a 33-mile long tornado that killed two and injured about 33. A small but very damaging downburst occurred several miles south of the tornado track. A swath of large hail occurred north of the tornado track. Hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter were reported at and near the intersection of Highways 145 and 147, near the community of Glendale in Pope County.
18.81955-11-16237°26'N / 89°16'W37°27'N / 89°11'W4.50 Miles150 Yards00250K0Union
19.01991-11-19337°44'N / 88°56'W1.50 Miles70 Yards01625.0M0Williamson
20.11972-04-21337°33'N / 88°32'W0.30 Mile60 Yards3025K0Pope
21.31982-05-29437°48'N / 89°08'W37°43'N / 88°50'W17.00 Miles400 Yards10181250.0M0Williamson
21.31973-06-02237°46'N / 88°56'W00250K0Williamson
22.31957-05-21337°34'N / 89°19'W37°38'N / 89°11'W8.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Union
22.71972-04-21237°14'N / 89°15'W37°17'N / 89°10'W5.60 Miles33 Yards0225K0Pulaski
23.21972-04-14237°34'N / 89°19'W37°32'N / 89°16'W3.30 Miles30 Yards0425K0Union
23.21999-01-22237°19'N / 88°31'W37°19'N / 88°29'W1.50 Miles150 Yards00800K0Pope
 Brief Description: A tornado with top winds estimated near 125 MPH struck a development of cabins and small summer homes in the Shawnee National Forest, at a place called Ropers Landing. The tornado damaged or destroyed about 30 of these structures and caused extensive tree damage. About six cabins were completely demolished. The homes were unhabited in the middle of winter. Ropers Landing is located at the base of a bluff along the Ohio River. The tornado lifted as it crossed the Ohio River.
24.01970-06-01237°42'N / 89°12'W0525K0Jackson
24.11970-03-25237°43'N / 89°11'W01250K0Jackson
24.61957-12-18237°42'N / 89°13'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0525K0Jackson
25.31957-12-19237°42'N / 88°32'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Saline
26.01990-10-03237°35'N / 88°26'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Pope
26.61972-04-21237°13'N / 89°17'W37°14'N / 89°15'W1.30 Miles33 Yards0125K0Alexander
26.81958-06-12337°05'N / 89°00'W0325K0Ballard
27.21999-01-21237°20'N / 89°22'W37°22'N / 89°21'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0020K0Union
 Brief Description: Top winds were estimated near 130 MPH. Damage was relatively light due to the track of the tornado over rural portions of those counties. A few sheds and barns were destroyed, and a house sustained moderate damage. A fairly large metal barn, about 100 feet by 50 feet, was blown into a stand of trees, but remained fully intact in the upper reaches of the trees. Tree damage was complete along some wooded portions of the track. The tornado formed less than a half mile east of Thebes, and then tracked seven miles through the Shawnee National Forest. The damaged structures were near Thebes and Gale.
27.61967-06-21237°06'N / 89°06'W0025K0Pulaski
28.22002-04-28237°23'N / 88°28'W37°21'N / 88°18'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0040K0Livingston
 Brief Description: This tornado crossed the Ohio River just upriver from Golconda, Illinois. It tracked eastward across northern Livingston County, over rural wooded and farm country. Many thousands of trees were blown down. Few structures were in the path of the tornado. A mobile home was destroyed, and at least a couple of farm buildings were damaged.
29.41957-12-18437°50'N / 89°10'W37°51'N / 89°05'W4.50 Miles300 Yards0102.5M0Williamson
29.51957-12-18437°51'N / 89°05'W37°53'N / 89°01'W4.30 Miles300 Yards0102.5M0Franklin
30.81957-04-03237°04'N / 89°11'W37°06'N / 89°11'W2.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Pulaski
31.02002-04-28237°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.
31.11975-01-10237°49'N / 88°32'W2.00 Miles587 Yards00250K0Saline
32.01999-01-21237°13'N / 89°27'W37°20'N / 89°23'W7.00 Miles400 Yards00150K0Alexander
 Brief Description: Top winds were estimated near 130 MPH. Damage was relatively light due to the track of the tornado over rural portions of those counties. A few sheds and barns were destroyed, and a house sustained moderate damage. A fairly large metal barn, about 100 feet by 50 feet, was blown into a stand of trees, but remained fully intact in the upper reaches of the trees. Tree damage was complete along some wooded portions of the track. The tornado formed less than a half mile east of Thebes, and then tracked seven miles through the Shawnee National Forest. The damaged structures were near Thebes and Gale.
32.11957-12-18437°42'N / 89°29'W37°50'N / 89°10'W19.50 Miles300 Yards111802.5M0Jackson
32.11961-03-06237°48'N / 88°32'W37°49'N / 88°27'W4.70 Miles100 Yards02250K0Saline
32.81972-04-21237°15'N / 88°26'W37°16'N / 88°15'W10.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Livingston
33.22003-05-06237°01'N / 89°09'W36°58'N / 88°53'W15.00 Miles300 Yards0000Ballard
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Ballard County between Wickliffe and the U.S. Route 60/62 bridge over the Ohio River. The tornado was rated F-2 in a forested area along the Mississippi River just north of Wickliffe, where intense tree damage was observed. Along the rest of its path through Ballard County, it was rated F-1 or F-0 (winds below 113 MPH). Where the tornado passed through the northeast outskirts of Wickliffe, there were a few homes with mainly minor damage. Roads were blocked by large fallen trees, including a 300-year-old white oak tree. The tornado moved east-southeast across rural Ballard County, where there was considerable roof damage to a home, and a garage door was blown out. Large trees were uprooted. At least one house was struck by falling trees. There was slight structural damage to the roof and attic portion of a home. The most prolific tornado-producing storm of the night entered western Kentucky near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and moved east, passing between Paducah and Mayfield. The storm continued to spawn tornadoes, mostly of weak to moderate intensity, until it reached Kentucky Lake. Elsewhere, severe thunderstorms moved northeast across northwest Kentucky, producing sporadic wind damage and a tornado. Sporadic wind damage occurred in Livingston, Crittenden, Webster, and Daviess Counties, with a tornado in Union and Henderson Counties.
33.81971-12-15236°59'N / 88°42'W37°01'N / 88°39'W3.60 Miles10 Yards0025K0Mccracken
34.01957-04-03237°00'N / 89°12'W37°04'N / 89°11'W4.50 Miles33 Yards05250K0Alexander
34.71963-03-16337°44'N / 88°21'W0.30 Mile30 Yards0025K0Gallatin
35.52003-05-06237°05'N / 89°18'W36°58'N / 89°09'W7.00 Miles100 Yards0000Mississippi
 Brief Description: This tornado formed on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, crossed the river into Missouri at the Interstate 57 bridge, then crossed the river into Kentucky. On the Interstate 57 bridge over the Mississippi River, three 18-wheelers were flipped over, closing the bridge for several hours. The Missouri portion of the track was mainly across undeveloped river bottomland, used mainly for planting crops.
35.71973-04-19237°02'N / 88°37'W37°01'N / 88°27'W9.10 Miles33 Yards0025K0Mccracken
36.41971-03-14237°19'N / 89°34'W37°24'N / 89°30'W6.60 Miles23 Yards00250K0Cape Girardeau
36.72003-05-06237°03'N / 89°21'W37°00'N / 89°11'W3.00 Miles400 Yards01300K0Alexander
 Brief Description: The tornado formed northwest of Cairo near the Mississippi River. Three tractor-trailer rigs were overturned on the Interstate 57 bridge over the Mississippi River. The tornado tracked through Cairo, damaging dozens of homes and several businesses. One single-family home was destroyed, injuring a child who was cut by flying debris. Of the damaged homes, about four sustained major damage, and the rest had mainly minor damage.
38.21966-06-06236°58'N / 88°37'W36°59'N / 88°29'W7.40 Miles67 Yards0225K0Mccracken
38.51971-12-15237°10'N / 89°32'W37°15'N / 89°29'W6.40 Miles100 Yards0025K0Scott
40.01958-04-05337°54'N / 89°20'W38°02'N / 89°09'W13.50 Miles100 Yards05250K0Jackson
40.02006-09-22237°46'N / 89°39'W37°48'N / 89°20'W19.50 Miles225 Yards01800K0Jackson
 Brief Description: This tornado crossed the Mississippi River from Perry County, Missouri. The tornado weakened from its maximum F-4 intensity to F-2 intensity by the time it entered Jackson County in the Mississippi River bottomlands near Wilkinson Island. At this location, the wall of an old two-story farmhouse was blown out, and the roof was blown off. Hundreds of trees were broken off. Tree damage was visible across the river in Perry County, Missouri. The path width was estimated to be 200 yards wide on the Jackson County side of the river. Before reaching Illinois Route 3, the F-2 tornado widened to 250 yards and destroyed a mobile home. A resident of the mobile home was sent to the hospital. Nearby, a house was unroofed, and trees were snapped or uprooted. Another house lost a room that was added on. A swing set was blown 200 yards and wrapped around a mailbox. An empty tractor trailer rig was overturned. An empty grain bin was blown 100 yards into a field. Full grain bins were severely damaged but remained in place. The roof was blown off a brick house. As the tornado crossed Route 3, high tension utility poles were snapped off, hundreds of acres of corn were flattened, and trees were uprooted. Route 3 was closed for nine hours. From Route 3, the tornado proceeded east-northeast through mostly rural areas of the county, including the Kinkaid Lake State Wildlife Area. The tornado weakened to F-0 intensity before reaching Kinkaid Lake. At the Kinkaid Lake marina, about 50 RV's and boats were damaged, and trees were broken off. The tornado finally lifted shortly after crossing Highway 127 north of Murphysboro. The damage along Highway 127 was about 75 yards wide and consisted of broken tree limbs. A state trooper videotaped the tornado before it lifted. Storm chasers also videotaped the tornado. Peak winds where F-2 damage occurred in western Jackson County were estimated near 150 MPH. The average path width was about 150 yards. A total of about six homes were destroyed or severely damaged, and a dozen others were damaged to a lesser degree. Dozens of other non-residential buildings, such as garages, sheds, barns, and carports, were destroyed. Along the path, striations were evident in fields, and scores of utility poles were snapped off. There were numerous reports of debris falling from the sky in neighboring Perry County, Illinois. Debris as large as pieces of siding and roofing was reported in Du Quoin.
41.31957-12-18237°41'N / 89°35'W1.00 Mile10 Yards0025K0Perry
41.91973-05-07238°00'N / 89°14'W000K0Perry
42.32003-05-06337°23'N / 89°40'W37°24'N / 89°38'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0212.0M0Cape Girardeau
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down at the intersection of Highway 34 and Business Loop I-55 in Jackson, then moved northeast across downtown Jackson and the Bent Creek Golf Course. The damage path ended about 300 yards short of Interstate 55. Several trees blocked Interstate 55 near Jackson. Peak tornado winds were estimated near 180 MPH. The police and fire headquarters building was near the beginning of the damage path. The roof was blown off the building and windows were blown out, allowing rain to flood the building and cause extensive damage. The hazardous materials trailer and communications van were overturned. City police and fire operations were moved to alternate quarters. Streets were blocked by flipped cars and downed trees and power lines. Numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. The roofs and some walls were torn off many buildings and homes, as well as a school in downtown Jackson. About 200 structures in Jackson received at least some degree of damage. Approximately 22 homes were destroyed, 43 received major damage, and 140 received minor damage. Of those, six were mobile homes and four were apartment buildings. Three businesses were destroyed, including a bakery. Four other businesses had major damage, including a storage company and a woodworking business. Two injured persons were treated and released from a local hospital. One family safely took shelter in their basement while baseball size hail battered the kitchen floor of their unroofed home, and a small sports car landed in their living room. Twenty gas leaks caused by the tornado were repaired within 6 hours. Power was restored to all but 30 homes within 48 hours. A supercellular severe thunderstorm tracked northeast across Bollinger and Cape Girardeau Counties, producing several tornadoes and hail up to golf ball size. Other severe thunderstorms north of the supercell's path produced damaging wind gusts and large hail.
42.41960-02-09237°58'N / 89°00'W38°11'N / 88°42'W22.10 Miles77 Yards00250K0Franklin
42.51966-06-06236°59'N / 88°29'W37°00'N / 88°17'W11.10 Miles167 Yards0025K0Madison
42.51970-04-24337°02'N / 88°20'W37°03'N / 88°18'W1.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Marshall
42.81974-05-14237°38'N / 89°38'W1.00 Mile177 Yards0025K0Perry
43.01951-11-13337°01'N / 88°20'W2.00 Miles33 Yards111250K0Marshall
43.41957-12-18237°27'N / 89°44'W37°31'N / 89°37'W7.80 Miles700 Yards01250K0Cape Girardeau
43.41970-04-24337°03'N / 88°18'W37°05'N / 88°14'W4.30 Miles33 Yards050K0Livingston
43.51958-04-05338°02'N / 89°09'W38°06'N / 89°03'W7.10 Miles100 Yards06250K0Jackson
43.71981-05-24237°12'N / 89°40'W37°12'N / 89°33'W6.40 Miles33 Yards012.5M0Scott
43.81957-12-18237°54'N / 89°30'W37°55'N / 89°24'W5.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Jackson
44.01971-12-15236°53'N / 88°33'W36°57'N / 88°23'W10.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Graves
45.32003-05-04237°03'N / 89°37'W37°01'N / 89°24'W11.50 Miles130 Yards0075K0Scott
 Brief Description: One mobile home was destroyed. Several small buildings were damaged. Numerous trees were blown down or damaged. Several irrigation systems were moved and/or turned over. Peak winds in the tornado were estimated near 130 MPH. Severe thunderstorms produced dime to nickel size hail in isolated locations from around Poplar Bluff west. The storms then organized into a single tornadic supercell just northeast of Poplar Bluff. This long-lived supercell moved east, passing between Cape Girardeau and Sikeston, then continued east-northeast through the Lower Ohio River Valley. The supercell produced a tornado in Scott County. Trees were blown down at Wappapello in southeast Wayne County.
45.31973-11-24236°50'N / 89°20'W36°54'N / 89°08'W11.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Mississippi
46.31951-11-13237°54'N / 89°32'W37°58'N / 89°26'W7.10 Miles250 Yards07250K0Jackson
46.51990-05-09238°06'N / 88°37'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Hamilton
46.91957-12-18538°05'N / 89°15'W38°06'N / 89°09'W5.40 Miles200 Yards16250K0Perry
47.01961-03-06237°54'N / 89°51'W38°23'N / 87°55'W110.2 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Randolph
47.11957-12-18237°11'N / 89°40'W0.50 Mile33 Yards312.5M0Scott
47.31970-04-24337°05'N / 88°14'W37°10'N / 88°02'W12.40 Miles33 Yards050K0Lyon
47.61982-03-30238°09'N / 88°54'W0.80 Mile100 Yards132.5M0Jefferson
47.91981-05-24237°12'N / 89°43'W37°12'N / 89°40'W2.70 Miles400 Yards002.5M0Cape Girardeau
48.11952-03-18237°22'N / 89°47'W37°27'N / 89°44'W6.20 Miles500 Yards0025K0Cape Girardeau
48.12003-05-04237°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.
48.21981-04-22436°53'N / 89°27'W36°54'N / 89°20'W6.50 Miles33 Yards1625.0M0Mississippi
48.31996-04-19338°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.
48.42005-11-06337°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.
48.51971-12-15237°05'N / 89°47'W37°10'N / 89°32'W14.90 Miles100 Yards12425K0Scott
48.61967-12-11237°20'N / 88°05'W37°27'N / 87°55'W12.10 Miles33 Yards000K0Crittenden
48.91995-05-13237°11'N / 88°08'W37°12'N / 87°59'W3.00 Miles75 Yards00250K50KCrittenden
49.41971-07-15236°51'N / 89°21'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0625K0Mississippi
49.41979-04-11237°09'N / 88°11'W37°23'N / 87°51'W24.40 Miles200 Yards000K0Crittenden
50.01957-05-21237°23'N / 89°50'W37°25'N / 89°45'W5.10 Miles500 Yards0025K0Cape Girardeau


* 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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