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Three years ago: Tornado outbreak of February 28, 2017

VERGENNES (WSIL) -- Friday marks three years since a large EF-4 tornado ripped through Perryville, Missouri and parts of Randolph, Jackson, and Franklin counties in Southern Illinois.

The storm was responsible for one death, a man driving on I-55 as the tornado crossed the interstate.

After hitting Perryville, the twister, over a half mile wide, crossed the Mississippi River just south of Rockwood in Randolph County.

On the ground for over an hour and tracking 50 miles, the tornado destroyed several homes near Oraville and passed over Route 127 just south of Vergennes, leaving the roof of a home on the highway.

Farther east, the tornado tracked just north of Elkville, continuing on a path into Franklin County, before finally ending south of Mulkeytown.

While the EF-4 was the strongest tornado of the day, in all, seven tornadoes touched down in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and Western Kentucky. A separate EF-3 tornado started near Carmi and tracked 44.6 miles into Southern Indiana, killing a man near Crossville.

Nick Hausen

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