More Information Revealed About Deadly Tornado in White Co.

Mar 3, 2017

The National Weather Service says a tornado that killed a southeastern Illinois man and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of more than 130 mph.

A weather service survey team determined that Tuesday night's tornado that killed 71-year-old Thomas McCord in Crossville, in White County, was an EF-3 tornado. Those storms carry winds of between 136 mph and 165 mph.

That tornado swept White County and then passed over the Wabash River into southwestern Indiana's Posey and Gibson counties.

No significant storm injuries were reported in Indiana

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited the Crossville area on Thursday to survey the damage. He met with McCord's widow, who was injured during the rare February tornado outbreak.

Two other Illinois men died Tuesday night when another tornado hit Ottawa in northern Illinois.

It's easy to see physical damage a tornado leaves behind. But emotional damage is left behind too.

Trish Burnett of the American Red Cross says mental health is one of the many concerns the organization helps with.
"We do have licensed mental health professionals that are volunteers that go out and check on people, and are willing to you know, help them work with coping skills.See if they need referrals to get additional help. Because as you can imagine, after a disaster, it's very devastating and a lot of people can handle that fine but there are some people that just need that extra help and reassurance and we want to make sure that they get that."
Burnett says they've offered this assistance for a while now.

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