Path length: 51.5 miles
Width: 10 yards
County: McLean, Ford, Iroquois
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SPC coordinates: Start: 40.45 / -88.63 End: 40.53 / -87.65
Note: Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.
One of three tornadoes to move through parts of Illinois on March 4, 1961. It was given a rating of F1. The tornado began its 51.5-mile track near Arrowsmith. A house was knocked 20 feet off its foundation. A woman was injured. Six other farmsteads were damaged. There was heavy damage to several farms at Saybrook. A 20 block section of Gibson City was hit. A lumberyard was destroyed. Numerous farms were hit in Cissna Park and to the north of Hoopeston.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases and the March 1961 Storm Data Narrative and found the following differences:
- SPC lists McLean, Ford and Iroquois Counties in the path. When you plot the official coordinates, all 3 counties are included in the track.
- NCDC does not have an entry for Iroquois County.
- The Storm Data Summary does not list any counties.
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