SPC Stats

Path length: 10.59 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  2

Rating:  EF4

County:  Washington

A total of 74 tornadoes occurred on November 17, 2013.  There were two EF4 tornadoes.  Check out the in depth summary on the Washington, IL EF4 here.  This summary looks at the second EF4 of the outbreak.  It moved 10.59 miles through parts of Washington County, IL.

This devastating tornado began on I-64 just over 4 miles SW of New Minden. A tractor-trailer was blown off the interstate and the driver had minor injuries.  Per the NWS Storm Data summary, the worst damage was 2 miles west-southwest of New Minden.  A farm took a direct hit and the damage was rated EF4.  Only the foundation of the farm remained.  

Joe Hoy and his sister Frances lived at the home and were killed.  I have included newspaper clips below this summary about their passing.

Less than a 1/4 mile from the Hoy’s farmhouse, a single wide mobile home was detroyed.  The Storm Data entry describes that there were 4 people at the location.  Three sought shelter in a creek bed.  On went back to the home to retrieve something and ended up riding out the tornado in a bathtub!  They were thrown 50 feet into a field and had broken ankle.

As the twister moved rapidly to the northeast, it hit the St. Johns Lutheran church causing significant damage.  Max winds of this tornado estimated at 166 mph.

Storm Data Entry

A tornado touchdown on Interstate 64, about 4.4 miles southwest of New Minden, blowing a tractor trailer off the interstate and causing minor injuries to the driver.  The tornado then began moving northeast towards New Minden.  The worst damage was about 2 miles west southwest of New Minden, where a small farm sustained a direct hit.  The outbuildings and barns sustained varying degrees of damage, but the homestead was totally destroyed with only the foundation remaining.  The damage at the homestead was rated EF4, and two fatalities occurred at this location.  Also, a large full size van was rolled over.  Less than a quarter of a mile east of the house, a single wide mobile home was destroyed.  There were 4 people at this location, three of them sought shelter in the creek bed just east of the mobile home while one went back to mobile home to retrieve something.  This person rode out the tornado in the bathtub, but was thrown about 50 feet into a field.  One of his ankles was broken.  He was treated and released from a local hospital. The tornado then continued to race northeast, hitting the far north side of New Minden north of Illinois Route 177, and producing significant damage to St. Johns Lutheran Church and to several homes just northwest of the church.  Damage to two of the homes was rated EF3.  The tornado continued northeast, producing sporadic damage to just north of Hoyleton.  A farm 2 miles west-northwest of Hoyleton sustained significant damage, as did a newly constructed home 2 miles north of Hoyleton.  Damage at these two locations were rated EF2. The tornado then veered a bit northwest and dissipated.  Overall, the entire tornado path length was 10.59 miles with a max path width of 200 yards. The tornado was rated EF4 with max wind speeds of at least 166 MPH. There were two fatalities and 2 minor injuries.

Tornado Path

The path in black shows the SPC coordinates:  Start: 40.622 / -89.5678     End: 41.0063 / -88.8439

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

Radar and Damage Photos via NWS St. Louis

0.5° tilt on base velocity and base reflectivity using GR2Analyst from the St. Louis Radar (1804z)

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