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Fourteen injuries blamed on Sublette and Coal City tornadoes

Posted by wlpo on June 24, 2015

The National Weather Service now says nine tornadoes touched down Monday night across northern Illinois.

The twister that hit Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette has been deemed an EF-2 tornado, with a peak wind gust of 130 miles per hour. That tornado was a half mile wide and is blamed for seven injuries.

Tornadoes near Mendota and Ottawa are considered EF-1 twisters with maximum winds between 90 to 105 miles per hour. The Mendota tornado was on the ground for about a mile and a half while the tornado north of Ottawa lasted around four miles.

The Coal City tornado was the strongest with an EF-3 designation. That twister got its start southeast of Morris and continued on for nearly 17 miles through Coal City injuring seven people. The top wind speed of the Coal City twister was 160 miles per hour.

Meteorologists think all the tornadoes came out of one super cell storm that stayed together for over two hours.

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