|* Large HP base approaching... upon closer glance this was a moderately rotating wall cloud with strong inflow. The storm was just now tornado warned.|
|* Closer it got. Was moving E at 45-50 mph. The right to left motion on the right side of the wall cloud was getting stronger. It still looked pretty ragged but with rotation increasing it was a good idea to move.|
|* As we drove east on CR1600N I pointed the video camera behind me to see what I could get. A classic rounded supercell base with inflow bands curling around the cloud base. It was really getting wrapped up!|
|* Pretty bad screen grab, but this was to illustrate the rounded cloud base of this supercell with a wall cloud forming to the far right.|
|* Found a nice spot to pull off on a frontage road just E of I 55. Rapid rotation was ongoing and little rope funnels would develop and then dissipate.|
|* Thinking we were going to be teased, the storm finally dropped a large funnel and immediately a power flash occurred with tons of dirt being lofted.|
|* Tornado in progress about to cross I 55.|
|* Large tornado crossing I 55|
|* Tornado widens and is about to hit a home just E of I 55|
|* Tornado inflicting EF-2 damage on log cabin home|
|* Tornado continues NE into field near Raymond, IL before dissipating|
|* Tornado dissipates... was rated EF-2 with path length 3.5 miles and width of 200 yards.|
|* Crossing the damage path we stumble on this home with it's western wall taken off and numerous tree debris|
|* Wall cloud moving off to the east as the area is in shambles after the tornado passed through|
|* We go to check on the well-being of the home owner but are unable to make entrance due to down powerlines.... Bart Comstock is seen in front of us.|
*Full version of the chase... initial wall cloud to full life cycle of tornado to damage afterwards.
* Just the full life cycle of the tornado here... the meat and potatoes!
Thanks as always for reading!