The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touchdown from the severe weather Tuesday afternoon. An EF-2 tornado touched down in southeastern Fayette County and was on the ground for almost 20 miles as it traveled through rural Fayette and Effingham counties.
The tornado touched down at about 4:20 p.m. about 7 miles southeast of Vandalia. The twister traveled east-northeast crossing Illinois Route 185 and damaging many farm building and homes in its path. At it’s peak, the tornado was 100 yards wide.
The weather service estimates the peak winds from the tornado at 125 miles per hour. It dissipated about 3.5 miles northwest of Mason, Illinois in southern Effingham County.