The death toll from Sunday’s tornado outbreak in several states is up to 8, with several more victims in critical condition.
The Storm Prediction Center logged nearly 90 reports of tornadoes in 7 states – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee – though the actual number of tornadoes will almost certainly be much lower due to multiple reports of the same tornado.
A preliminary survey of the tornado that struck Brookport, Ill., indicates the tornado was an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with maximum winds of 145 miles an hour. The tornado, which killed 3 people, was on the ground for 11.5 miles, according to the National Weather Service’s branch in Paducah, Ky.
That’s not the strongest tornado of the outbreak. A tornado that tore through Washington, Ill., was rated an EF4, with winds of at least 170 miles an hour. That tornado killed one person and injured dozens.
Another tornado that killed elderly siblings in the small southern Illinois town of New Minden has also been given a preliminary rating of EF4.