SPC Stats

Path length: 6.26 miles

Width:  75 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  EF2

County:  Champaign

There were 6 tornadoes confirmed on September 9, 2016.  4 were in the state of Illinois including the strongest – an EF2 that crossed through parts of Champaign County.  Per the NWS Summary of the event, the tornado began at 631pm CDT 3.6 miles south of Sidney and ended at 6:50pm CDT 2.5 miles south of Homer.  The estimated peak winds were 125 mph.  The tornado tracked ENE damaging corn and bean fields for about 2 miles before damaging the roof of a house and destroying a garage and large shed.  The tornado continued into a cemetery damaging several headstones and two trees.  The greatest damage occurred to a farmstead south of Homer. Three outbuildings were destroyed and the house was pushed off its foundation.

Storm Data Entry

A tornado touched down in a field 3.6 miles south of Sidney at 6:31pm CDT. The tornado tracked northeastward for more than two miles damaging corn and soybean crops before destroying a garage and a large shed. A car and large RV were also damaged. A barn was destroyed less than one mile away before the tornado moved into a cemetery, where it damaged several headstones and two trees. The most extensive damage occurred at a farmstead further northeast, where three outbuildings were destroyed and a house was pushed off its foundation causing it to collapse. The tornado then dissipated in a field 2.5 miles south of Homer at 6:50pm CDT.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 39.9728 / -88.0739   End:  39.9991 / -87.9608      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Radar, Tornado and Damage Photos via NWS East Central Illinois

Circulation seen on radar south of Sidney at 6:32 pm, just before tornado touchdown
Tornado debris signature southwest of Homer (blue circle) at 6:44 pm
Tornado south-southeast of Sidney. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Frame via NWS East Central Illinois
Tornado near Homer. Photo courtesy of Andrew Pritchard
Tornado south of Sidney. Photo courtesy of Will Wight
Damage near Homer. NWS survey image
Drone footage of tornado track. Photo courtesy of Jake Wolf
Grave markers tipped over southwest of Homer. NWS survey image

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