The National Weather Service reported 7 tornadoes confirmed in Illinois on January 3rd, with 6 of those in the National Weather Service-Lincoln area. This is the most January tornadoes to occur in an event in the state of Illinois since January 7th, 1989 when 8 tornadoes occurred.
Several funnel clouds and tornadoes were reported in a narrow zone between I-55 and I-57. Heavy rain was reported and a few sub-severe hail reports were received, with one report of 1.5” hail that came in from Farmer City.
An EF-1 tornado touched down in Maroa for 0.89 miles with 110 mph winds. An EF-0 tornado also touched down 3 miles southwest of Maroa for 0.31 miles. An unknown tornado touched down in Illiopolis. An unknown tornado touched down in Latham and a tornado touched down in Mt. Auburn.
The EF-1 tornado in Maroa destroyed a barn and tossed a grain bin across the highway. A fence was also destroyed. The EF-0 tornado in Maroa caused damage to an abandoned bowling alley on N. 22nd Street taking off some wall panels.
The tornadoes occurred between 3 PM and 5:30 PM on January 3rd.