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Tornado #4:
Eastern Sangamon County

Eastern Sangamon County tornado of March 12

The 4th tornado of the outbreak was produced east of Springfield, touching down 3.75 miles south of Riverton at 8:32 PM.  It moved northeast, between Dawson and Buffalo (passing 1.5 miles west of Buffalo), and lifted just south of the Logan County line, 5 miles northeast of Buffalo at 8:55 PM. 

This tornado started at F0 strength, about 100 yards wide, and quickly strengthened to F2 intensity (120 mph) with a maximum width of 200 yards.  It weakened to F1 intensity, and was about 100 yards wide when it ended.  Total path was 12.5 miles in length.  Damage from this storm consisted of damage to barn buildings and some significant house damage.  Power poles were again snapped, with major tree damage.

Pictures (click images to enlarge):


House knocked off its foundation east of Dawson
East of Dawson

Wind damage to a garage in Dawson

Shed destroyed north of Buffalo
North of Buffalo

Shed destroyed north of Buffalo
North of Buffalo

Tree twisted and split at the base, north of Buffalo
North of Buffalo



Event Links:  Overview | Long-Track Tornado | SpringfieldFranklin/Loami | Eastern Sangamon
 Southern Logan | Greene/Scott #2 | Logan/Macon | Macon/De WittRadar&Satellite