OREGON – A moderate tornado with speeds of 86 to 112 mph ripped through the Daysville and Lighthouse Road area south of town Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
Preliminary storm damage survey results tag the twister as an EF-1 that was on the ground for about a mile-and-half, the weather service reported on its Facebook page.
The storm uprooted or sheared off trees and felled utility poles before heading northeast to Chana, where more trees were damaged, Ogle County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Danny White said Wednesday afternoon.
One farm – Angus breeder Roger Macauley’s at 4778 S. Daysville – lost an outbuilding and sustained other “substantial” damage, but no one was hurt, he said.
A spring-like storm system spawned this and other tornadoes that destroyed more than 100 homes and killed three people in the Midwest before it rumbled eastward Wednesday.
The compact but strong storms, known as supercells, also raked parts of Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri before moving into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
In Ottawa, 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland died when he was crushed by a falling tree, and more than a dozen people in the area were injured. The tornado also hit the LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa, but no serious injuries were reported.
About 50 of 200 homes were damaged in Naplate, a small community next to Ottawa.
– The Associated Press contributed to this story.