Harrisburg Tornado 2012: EF4 Illinois Tornado Leveled Over 300 Structures (Photo)

By on Mar 1, 2012 in Natural Disasters, Science, Weather Comments
Harrisburgh Tornado Damaged Structures

Harrisburg Tornado Damage
Image Credit: Samantha Vaughan

The Harrisburg tornado, is reportedly packed with winds of over 170 miles per hour, hit and damaged over 300 structures, according to reports by several international news sites on Thursday, March 1, 2012. The tornado hit Harrisburg, Illinois at around 4:56 in the morning of Wednesday, February 29.

Sirens were sounded off to provide warning to sleeping residents.

The EF4 Harrisburg tornado reportedly leveled down houses and business structures in the area and resulted into the death of six individuals.

Reports said that walls and roofs were splintered into a giant heap. There were also reports that a truck was turned on its side by the severe tornado.

Harrisburg Governor Pat Quinn described the scene as “devastating.” He added that “Homes have been totally destroyed.”

The Mayor of Harrisburg Eric Gregg said that the tornado has brought “a horrific event that’s happened to us here in Harrisburg.” Mayor Gregg added that “The loss of lives, the injuries, the devastation is just –it’s very profound and it’s heartbreaking to tell you the truth. We’re just — we’re in the process of making sure that we’re doing what has to be done, and to help wherever needed.”

Officials at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, explained that about 10 percent of tornadoes usually occur between midnight and 6 a.m..

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