EF-2 tornado touches down in Mt. Olive, damages several buildings


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 10:01 PM

(KMOV.com) – The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado touched down in Mt. Olive, Ill. on Monday, damaging several properties in the city’s business district.

According to the NWS, the 75-yard-wide tornado touched down in downtown Mt. Olive about 10:15 p.m. and traveled about less than a half-mile east. It reached maximum wind speeds of 135 miles per hour and was on the ground for approximately 20 seconds. 

About 14 properties in the city’s business district were damaged as the tornado ripped many roofs off of buildings and homes in the four-block area.

The business district is located on Route 138, which is Main St. in Mt. Olive. Among the buildings damaged was a storage building used by the city’s fire department.

The city’s downtown was closed off Tuesday morning while crews assessed damage and looked for downed power lines.

Mt. Olive has a population of just over 2,000.

In Staunton, Bill’s IGA grocery store near the intersection of Main and Madison had its roof torn off and thrown into nearby yards.

No injuries were reported in either city.

As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Ameren Illinois says some 6,600 homes and businesses across the state were without electricity. More than 800 of them were in Macoupin County.