Weather Vault: 11/17/13; Gifford Tornado

Published 11/21 2013 11:27PM

Updated 11/16 2015 01:21PM

Posted:  6:00 PM 11/17/13

The town hardest hit in central Illinois by the storms of November 17th, 2013 was Gifford.  Gifford is a town about a mile long (north and south) and about three blocks from west to east.  The tornado cut a path through the town that was about 500 yards wide.  The tornado originally touched down east of Thomasboro at 12:45 PM and moved northeast to Gifford.  Before getting to Gifford, the storm produced EF-3 (140 mph wind speed) damage to a farm home, but weakened as it moved into two.  The tornado continued into northwest Vermilion County, where it moved west of Hoopeston and ended in extreme southern Iroquois County.  The tornado injured 6 people and was on the ground 29.7 miles and was a quarter mile wide at the widest point. 

Stories from Gifford 
Families move quickly to search for survivors 
Gifford residents thankful no one was killed 
Finding humor after a tornado  
Gifford's recovery process and help from Red Cross 
Gifford home owners share their stories   
Gifford residents share their stories  
Gifford residents shart their story 
Finding humor after a tornado  
Gifford community coming together to help each other 
Aerial tour of tornado damage


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