EF-1 tornado causes damage in Putnam County along Route 18

Tornado registered winds of 110 mph, NWS says

Street signs along Route 18 were blown over after the EF-1 tornado Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Putnam County.

An EF1 tornado Thursday night led to some damage near the Marshall and Putnam counties line along Route 18 between Henry and Magnolia, according to the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.

A rotating severe storm, known as a supercell, produced the tornado, according to the NWS. The tornado, which was about 100 yards wide, registered winds of 110 mph and was on the ground for 9.9 miles, said meteorologist Andy Ervin of the Quad Cities National Weather Service.

Sirens sounded in Putnam County communities, and a warning also was issued for McNabb, Mark and Granville during the storm. The tornado was on the ground from 4:40 to about 4:52 p.m., according to the NWS.

The tornado caused a semitrailer to roll over on Route 18, damaged a few out buildings and caused some branches to fall on the highway, the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency said Friday.

No homes were reported damaged.

A tornado in February is rare. Thursday’s is the second in the Quad Cities forecast area since 1950. The other tornado occurred Feb. 28, 2017.

There only have been two tornadoes recorded earlier in the calendar year – Jan. 24, 1967, and Jan. 16, 2023.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Magnolia Fire Department, Putnam County Emergency Medical Services, Putnam County EMA and Illinois Department of Transportation responded to the incident.

Traffic on a stretch of Route 18 was limited to one lane as debris was cleaned up.

The NWS in the Quad Cities conducted the survey Friday.

A shed on a Route 18 residence was damaged from the Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, tornado, just east of Henry.
An EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of 110 mph was verified in Marshall and Putnam counties, according to the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.