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March 24, 2020 02:42 PM
Contact: Battalion Chief Perry
that time again each year when Illinois prepares for severe weather and
The Galesburg Fire Department wants residents to be safe. GFD
would like to encourage everyone to visit the following websites for an
abundance of tools and information ensuring you and your loved ones are
prepared for extreme weather.
SEVERE WEATHER FAST FACTS: Did you know?
The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country in
the world! An average of nearly 1,400 tornadoes impact the U.S. every
Illinois averages 53 tornadoes each year. Last year, 48 tornadoes were
reported in Illinois resulting in 1 injury and causing more than $2
Million in property damage.
• Tornadoes in Illinois have killed 228 people, and injured more than 4,520 since 1950
The biggest tornado outbreak in Illinois since 1950 occurred on April
19, 1996. A total of 39 tornadoes were reported on that day, including
four F3 tornadoes. One person was killed, 74 people were injured, and
property damage exceeded $100 Million.
High wind from downbursts and straight-line winds cause more damage
than nearly 75% of the tornadoes that occur in Illinois! Illinois
averages around 515 reports of thunderstorm related wind damage each
43 people have died from damaging winds in Illinois since 1984. Since
2000 there have been 274 people injured in Illinois from severe storm
Illinois averages 860 reports of wind damage and large hail annually.
Too often, people ignore severe thunderstorms because they believe only a
tornado will cause damage or threaten their lives. The fact is a
majority of the property damage and injuries each year is from high
winds and large hail.
• Severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes, damaging winds, lightning, hail or heavy rain
High wind from straight-line winds and downbursts can cause more damage
than nearly 75 percent of the tornadoes that occur in Illinois
One of the largest hailstones ever reported in Illinois fell near
Minooka (Kendall County) on June 10, 2015. The hailstone was 4.75 inches
in diameter, which is bigger than a grapefruit! Damages in excess of
$100,000 were reported with this hailstorm.
• Most lightning deaths occur while people are fishing OR under/near trees.
• Illinois ranks 8th in the U.S. for the most lightning strikes per square mile each year
Fourteen people died as a result of driving across flooded roads in
2015, 11 of whom perished during the major flood in late December. This
was the highest annual number of flood fatalities since records have
Prolonged flooding from creeks and rivers and flash flooding from rain
swollen roads and waterways are dangers that too many people ignore,
sometimes with fatal consequences. Many flood-related rescues, injuries
and fatalities have been the result of people in vehicles attempting to
drive across flooded roads.
• The most dangerous type of flooding is a flash flood. Flash floods can sweep away everything in their path.
• Most flash floods are caused by slow-moving thunderstorms and occur most frequently at night.
Flooding has been a factor in 51 deaths across Illinois since 1995.
This is more than the number of people killed by tornadoes during the
same period. Many of these flood fatalities (77%) involved people in
vehicles trying to cross flooded roads.