Tornados, high winds hit area


AMBOY – At 7:10 p.m., on Friday, March 31, a tornado touched down at Woodhaven Lakes on Highway 52 between Sublette and Amboy. 

When it first surfaced, the tornado was an EF-2 with peak winds of 115 miles per hour. Its path reached 7.2 miles and was 150 yards in diameter.

The tornado produced substantial and concentrated tree and power line damage along many roadways including Highway 52. Trees were snapped at the base of their trunks, silos were blown over or blown in, and a few houses and barns were demolished. Travel trailers and park models in Woodhaven Lakes also suffered damage.

An EF-1 tornado rating was given to a funnel cloud spotted in West Brooklyn. 

Before the tornado ended at 7:17 p.m., downtown West Brooklyn underwent damage to First State Bank, and a few other buildings. The roof was torn off of the bank, and the branch will be closed for the foreseeable future as they repair the roof.

Mendota experienced winds of 80 miles per hour and damage on the south side of town but did not withstand a tornado.

Friday evening, 12 tornados were confirmed in northern Illinois and Indiana including Amboy, West Brooklyn, Machesney Park, Davis Junction, Poplar Grove, Wellington, Stockland, Lombard, and Addison in Illinois, as well as, Oxford, Fowler, and Remington Indiana.