While February tornadoes are rare in Illinois, they have proven to be pretty deadly. State climatologist Jim Angel says while there can be tornadoes any time of the year, we usually don’t see them in the winter. But of those that have struck in February, the results have been tragic.
The tornado that swept through Harrisburg was rated as an EF4, with wind speeds up to 170 miles per hour. That’s the second strongest tornado on the scale.