1975 Canton, Illinois tornado

1975 Canton, Illinois Tornado

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1975 Canton, Illinois tornado

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The Canton, Illinois Tornadoes of 1975 is a destructive summer tornado event which occurred as part of a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak concentrated across northwest and west-central Illinois and eastern Iowa on the afternoon and evening of July 23, 1975.

First tornado

The first tornado of a complex combination of tornado family and extreme downbursts touched down at 4:30 p.m. about 14 miles (23 km) west of the small city of Canton (or 3 mi (5 km) southwest of Blyton) and immediately grew to very large size in agrarian central Fulton County, Illinois. It continued meandering through rural areas with an average movement of easterly roughly near Illinois Route 9 for 11.1 miles (18 km) before ending about three miles (4.5 km) southeast of Fiatt. A grain elevator was leveled and blown about 3/4 mi (1.2 km) away. Total damages were around $250,000. A University of Chicago team headed by Ted Fujita surveyed the damage path as exceeding one mile (1.6 km) wide at times.

Canton tornado

Before that tornado lifted, a second tornado touched down at 4:45 p.m. on the east side of Fiatt and it too in conjunction with intense downburst winds proceeded in a meandering path roughly eastward roughly along Route 9. There was no break in the damage because of the proximity of the tornadoes and the accompanying exceptionally intense downburst activity.

This tornado roared into Canton with a damage path 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, essentially...
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