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7/1/2014 7:10:00 PM
NWS changes status of Earlville storm to tornado (video)

The National Weather Service ruled Tuesday that damage to Earville on Monday night, June 30, was due to straight line winds, not a tornado. Alderman Rose Stockley assesses the damage Tuesday morning.
Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

EARLVILLE — In early afternoon, National Weather Service said straight-line winds caused the damage in Earlville. Around suppertime Tuesday, the weather service, from looking at damage patterns, photos and other factors, determined that there was a tornado in Earlville.

While straight-line winds of 80-100 mph affected the town, there also was an EF-1 tornado, about 50 yards wide on a mile-and-a-half path, with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph.

The worst damage in Earlville was suffered by a church and several residences alongUnion Street.

A damage assessment team had arrived in town Tuesday morning.

The storm took out power to the main substation Monday night. Lines were rerouted and service to the substation was restored by 1 p.m., but that didn’t mean everyone had their power back on then.

The city also was reopening streets that had been closed due to downed power lines and trees as debris was cleared by city and county crews.

A weather service damage survey confirmed Tuesday modest tornadoes landed near Earlville, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, Plainfield in Will County, in rural Kendal County, near Grant Park in Kankakee County and near Morris in Grundy County. The storm damaged buildings and downed trees, The Associated Press reported.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or

Related Stories:
• Unconfirmed tornado strikes Earlville
• Area-by-area breakdown of storm damage
• Overnight storms deliver rain, power outages

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