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It was an EF-4 tornado that hit Southern Illinois, says National Weather Service

Raw footage of farm heavily damaged by severe storms

A look at the damage at Gary Fults' farm a mile south of Ava, IL in Jackson County. He lost at least four buildings and two cows in last night's severe storms that ripped through Southern Illinois.
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A look at the damage at Gary Fults' farm a mile south of Ava, IL in Jackson County. He lost at least four buildings and two cows in last night's severe storms that ripped through Southern Illinois.

The National Weather Service has rated a tornado that killed one person in Perry County, Mo., last week before destroying some homes in Southern Illinois as an EF-4.

The Southern Illinoisan reported that the tornado had an estimated peak wind speed of 180 mph and a path 50.4 miles long. The tornado touched down at 7:55 p.m. near Perryville, Mo., and lifted at 8:57 p.m. near Christopher, Ill.

The tornado lasted 1 hour and 2 minutes and was the longest track tornado in the coverage area of NWS Paducah since another EF-4 tornado back on April 22, 1981, the report read.

The tornado passed through the southern tip of Randolph County before moving through Jackson County and damaging a number of homes. Areas affected included Ava, Vergennes and Elkville in Jackson County.

Southern Illinois had three other smaller tornadoes reported on Feb. 28 and March 1, according to the newspaper.

Don O’Brien: 618-239-2626, @DOBrienBND

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