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The NWS office in Paducah releases details from the April 2 tornado activity in the region

A building is damaged from a tornado in the Lake of Egypt area on April 2
U.S. National Weather Service Paducah, KY
A look at some of the damage from the EF-2 tornado in the Lake of Egypt area on April 2.

The National Weather Service in Paducah has updated its assessments from the tornado activity in the region on April 2.

Assessment teams confirm there were 19 tornadoes during the early morning hours of that day. They have confirmed seven EF-2, 11 EF-1 and one EF-0 tornadoes.

That was the most tornadoes in a single event across the Quad State region since Halloween 2013, when there were also 19 tornadoes.

Details on some of the tornadoes on April 2, 2024.:

An EF-2 tornado impacted the Lake of Egypt community. The tornado began along Highway 148, just west of Interstate 57. After crossing Highway 37 east of Interstate 57, the tornado passed along Lake of Egypt Road. The most severe damage occurred near the intersection of Lake of Egypt Road and Market Road, where severe roof and structural damage occurred to three businesses. The Lake of Egypt Fire Protection building nearby had one of its windows blown out. Paralleling Kimmel Orchard Road, the tornado did damage to homes and outbuildings before lifting just to the west of Wagon Creek Road. Hundreds of trees were uprooted, snapped at the base, or suffered damage to large limbs along the path.

An EF-1 tornado impacted the Stonefort community during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2. The tornado began just east of Creal Springs along Saltpetre Road. Damage was mainly to trees as the tornado moved parallel to Pleasant Valley Road. The tornado moved directly through the community of Stonefort, causing extensive tree damage. Most damage to buildings was caused by trees falling onto the building. However, a couple of homes has portions of their roofs removed. The tornado continued east into Saline County for about one mile, lifting near the crossing of Battleford Road and the Illinois Central Railway.

An EF-2 tornado occurred approximately two miles southeast of Eldorado during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2nd. The tornado began near the Intersection of Highway 142 and Ridgway Road. Here, the tornado destroyed an outbuilding, uprooted several large trees, and removed portions of the roofs of two homes. Crossing Ridgway Road and the intersection of White Road, the tornado severely damaged an industrial garage and two manufactured homes. One manufactured home was moved several feet off its foundation and had one of its walls torn open. About five large hardwood trees just behind this home were all snapped at the base. Two occupants of the home suffered laceration injuries due to flying debris. Moving east-southeast, the tornado lifted near Dusty Road just south of Ridgway Road.

A brief EF-1 tornado impacted the west side of Ridgway, IL, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2. The tornado began just south of Main Street along St. Joseph Road, where one home suffered minor roof damage and several large tree limbs were downed. Moving northeast, the tornado damaged a grain bin just south of Main Street and damaged the roof of an outbuilding just north of Main Street. The tornado did limited tree damage in the city park before lifting near the intersection of City Park Drive and Murphy Street.

An EF-1 tornado impacted far northeast Gallatin County, IL, and extreme southwest Posey County, IN, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2. The tornado began in the Cottonwood community along Noel Road. Here several large trees were uprooted, one crushing a small brick building. One manufactured home was severely damaged and a nearby outbuilding had a part of its roof removed. Moving eastward the tornado did mainly tree damage as passed south of the community of New Haven. The tornado lifted shortly after crossing the Wabash River in Posey County, IN, just south of the confluence of the Little Wabash and Wabash Rivers.

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