Two Tornadoes Touched Down in Rockford During Monday’s Storm
Monday afternoon Rockford and the outlying area got hit hard with some storms out of Iowa. Sirens blared, emergency weather alerts hit the radio, and Rockford TV meteorologists broken into programming with life-saving information. This is why you should never complain to them about cutting off your favorite television show. Their job is also to keep you informed and safe during severe weather.
This storm left thousands without power and visual proof of how dangerous the weather event actually was. The destruction is still visible, especially in the area surrounding Rock Valley College. Since cleanup has begun, National Weather Service has confirmed not one but two tornadoes from the same storm touched down in Rockford early Monday afternoon. These tornadoes touched down ten minutes apart.
The first tornado, topping out at 75 miles per hour, touched down in southeast-Rockford at 2:37 p.m.
We have confirmed that a brief EF-0 with peak winds of 75 mph and path length of 1.5 miles hit the southwest side of Rockford yesterday, 8/10/2020. Damage was confined to trees.
The second tornado, topping out at 100 miles per hour, touched down at 2:47 p.m.
We confirmed a second tornado, an EF-1 with peak winds of 100 mph and path length of 9.2 miles, impacted Rockford and ended near Caledonia. This tornado was produced by the same storm that produced the earlier EF-0 tornado in southwest Rockford.
ComEd is reporting some residents to remain without electricity until Saturday, August 15, 2020.