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On February 28th, there were 16 tornadoes reported across Illinois. 

Several tornadoes north of I-72 were the farthest north occurring tornadoes in February on record for the state. In southern Illinois, 4 tornadoes were reported, two of which were strong, long-track tornadoes. 

This particular web page will focus on the reports in central Illinois. Tornado reports from other parts of the state are available at the following links:

  • NWS Chicago:  LaSalle, Livingston, and Ogle Counties (including Naplate/Ottawa tornado)
  • NWS Quad Cities:  Bureau, Whiteside, Putnam Counties (including Cherry and Coleta)
  • NWS St. Louis:  Brown County (Versailles tornado)
  • NWS Paducah:  Jackson, Perry, Franklin, White Counties (including Elkville and Crossville tornadoes)
Tornado near Washburn. Image by Cameron Nixon
Washburn tornado photo by Cameron Nixon
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