Washington tornado likely an EF-4

Nov 18, 2013

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say the tornado that ripped through Washington Sunday was likely an EF-4. A preliminary assessment by meteorologists suggests the storm carried winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. If that’s the case, it would be the first EF-4 tornado to hit in Illinois since 1950.

The tornado had enough strength to flatten multiple neighborhoods and kill at least one person in the Tazewell County community.

The National Weather Service also reports the tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2.

Meteorologists are in the devastated areas today to survey damage.