Southern Illinois tornado history

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Listed below are confirmed killer tornadoes listed by date. Modern record keeping in the region begain in the 1880s, although there were undoubtedly many other deaths that have been lost to history. It is important to note that before the 1950s tornadoes were not officially ranked. The current rakings are an estimation due to the accounts of witnesses.

Southern Illinois tornadoes by death toll

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
F0
Confirmed
F1
Confirmed
F2
Confirmed
F3
Confirmed
F4
Confirmed
F5
17003482
March 19, 1883
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4Alton to Bunker HillMonroeUnknownUnknown33 deaths
November 6th, 1885
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F3SE of Sacramento to N of CarmiWhite164516 miles (26 km)1 death
April 22, 1887
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4Mt. Carmel to near the White River, INWabash Illinois - Gibson, Pike180030 miles (48 km)5 deaths
June 3, 1887
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F1Old ShawneetownGallitanUnknownUnknown3 deaths
February 19, 1888
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4Mt. VernonJefferson163020 miles (32 km)24 deaths The southern half of Mt. Vernon was destroyes. 300 homes and 50 businesses were destroyed or damaged
March 27, 1890
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4NW of Shawneetown to N of CarbondaleCape Girardeau, Perry Missouri - Jackson Illinois162030 miles (48 km)7 deaths
F4NW of Thebes to StonefortScott Missouri - Alexander, Union, Johnson, Williamson Illinois164555 miles (89 km)2 deaths
F3W of Sparta to ENE of NashvilleRandolph, Washington171540 miles (64 km)2 deaths
F4Metropolis to West LouisvilleMassac Illinois - McCracken, Pope, Livingston, Crittenden, Webster, McClean, Daviess Kentucky171595 miles (153 km)21 deaths Likely a family of tornadoes
F2W of Carmi to CrossvilleWhite18005 miles (8.0 km)1 deaths
May 27, 1896
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4St. Louis, Missouri to East St. Louis, IllinoisSt. Louis City, Missouri - St.Clair, IllinoisUnknownUnknown118 deaths in Southern Illinois

282+ deaths overall - See section on this tornado

March 18, 1925
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F5NNW of Ellington, Missouri to 10 mi (16 km) NE of Princeton, IndianaReynolds, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Missouri - Jackson, Williamson, Franklin, Hamilton, White, Illinois - Posey, Gibson, Pike, Indiana1301234 miles (377 km)613 deaths in Southern Illinois

695 deaths overall Deadliest single tornado in US history. Most extreme tornado in recorded history. Holds the record longest path length (219 miles, 352 km), longest duration (about 3.5 hours), and fastest forward speed for a significant tornado (73 mph, 117 km/h). Unlike other earlier tornadoes on this list, this tornado is now believed to be one single tornado, not a tornado family See section on this tornado

December 18, 1957
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F5N of Du Quoin to W of SesserPerry16355 miles1 death. 6 injuries. Caused $50,000-$500,000 in damages. Touched down in a mostly rural area.
F4Murphysboro to rural Franklin CountyJackson, Williamson, Franklin1645Unknown11 deaths
F4Mt. Vernon areaJefferson1555Unknown1 death
March 30, 1982
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F2Ina areaJefferson20300.8 miles1 death
May 29, 1982
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4WNW of Carterville to E of MarionWilliamson140517 miles10 deaths 52 businesses and 300 homes were destroyed, 324 homes were damaged, and over 200 cars destroyed. Over 200 were injured and 1,000 left homeless. See section on this tornado
December 2, 1982
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F3New Baden areaClinton211011 miles1 death
April 5, 1985
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F2SW of Clarmin areaRandolph4581.8 miles1 death
June 2, 1990
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4N of Aden to Mt. CarmelHamilton, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash172043 miles1 death
April 21, 2002
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F31.5 mi NE of Bluford to ElleryClinton, Wayne144931.5 miles1 death
F3W of Wayne City to ElleryWayne145130 miles
(52.8 km)
1 death Vehicles were picked up and deposited in houses. Well-constructed houses lost roofs and some walls. Weaker structures, including a tavern near Sims, were demolished.
F39 W Dongola to 7 E DongolaUnion001816 miles1 death 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.
May 6, 2003
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F4N of New Grand Chain to N of GolcondaPulaski, Massac, Pope203233 miles
(52.8 km)
2 deaths Several homes were destroyed while several others sustained minor to severe damage while other structures including frame homes (including being swept away from its foundation), mobile homes, two businesses, outbuildings and a campground were destroyed. A Conservation Area sustained severe damage to its facilities. Thirteen people were also injured. See section on this tornado
April 2, 2006
F#
Location
County
Time (local)
Path length
Damage
F2SW of Fairview Heights to 4 mi NE of Fairview HeightsSt. Clair16157 miles1 death

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