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National Weather Service Grades Magnolia And Streator Twisters

Posted by wlpo on June 6, 2010

The National Weather Service has put out a preliminary assessment as to the strength of the Magnolia and Streator tornadoes.

Victor Gensini with the weather service in Romeoville says both tornadoes are categorized as strong EF2’s.  This means they had winds of between 111 to 135 miles per hour and blew roofs of homes, shifted home foundations, completely destroyed mobile homes, snapped or uprooted large trees and lifted cars off the ground.  The strength scale goes from EF0 which has 65 to 85 mile per hour winds all the way up to EF5 which has sustained winds of over 200 miles per hour.

Gensini says the tornadoes that hit Magnolia and Streator were not the same twister.  He says the Streator tornado stayed together, hitting Dwight and the Kankakee area before lifting.

He says the weather service may do aerial surveys of the destruction today to further assess the storm’s strength.

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