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National Weather Service says no less than 12 tornadoes touched down Monday night

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2015

After a few days to assess the damage, the National Weather Service now says at least a dozen tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois this past Monday.

The Woodhaven Lakes twister had peak winds of 130 miles per hour and was on the ground almost eight miles. The half mile wide tornado is blamed for seven injuries. The weather service says the Woodhaven Lakes tornado was the strongest twister in Lee County since 1993.

Far less powerful were tornadoes in Mendota, north of Ottawa and one north of Seneca. The Mendota twister had a peak wind gust of 105 miles per hour. It stayed on the ground for a mile and a half and caused no injuries.

The twister north of Ottawa, near Wedron had top winds of 90 miles per hour and was on the ground for six miles. Nobody was hurt near Ottawa or Wedron.

A tornado that headed between Seneca and Morris also had a peak wind gust of 90 miles per hour and was on the ground for over seven miles. This storm stayed together eventually leading to the strongest tornado on Monday, the one that hit Coal City.

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