July 19, 2015

Coal City EF-3 Tornado Damage & Storm Chasing

This year has had its fair share of severe weather in Illinois, Coal City got struck by an EF-3 tornado. On November 17, 2013 they were hit with an EF-2 tornado as well, which is the same storm that hit Washington, Illinois with an EF-4.

I've always had a fascination with severe weather and I've found a new outlet for it with my friend Brian Davidson who is a storm chaser and streams video with SevereStudios.com. I've always had a working knowledge of weather but this year and this year I've definitely gained a lot more. I always keep forgetting to get formally get spotter trained so next year I'll make sure I do that.



Lightning is seen over DeKalb Airport ins DeKalb, Illinois as severe weather moves through the Chicagoland area on July 13, 2015.

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A view of a flooded street and damaged homes on W Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23:  The scoreboard at COal City High School's football field is left damaged on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A view of damage at Coaler Drive and Elizabeth Drive on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) 
A storm front moves over I-88 near Maple Rock, Illinois as severe weather moves through the Chicagoland area on July 13, 2015.

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: A car is stuck under a collapsed garage on Coaler Drive on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Lighting strikes outside of Joliet, Illinois from a tornadic supercell that produced a tornado that struck Coral City on June 22, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23:  Bryan Phelan of Coral City talks on the phone outside of his home and damaged vehicle on W Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23: Gezim Bakiu of the Coal City Mantanence Department worrks to unclog a drain on W Daisy Place on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

A tornado warned thunderstorm moves through the area in southern Iowa on June 24, 2015.

COAL CITY, IL - JUNE 23:  A view of damage on Coaler Drive on June 23, 2015 after a tornado struck the previous day in Coal City, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Storm chasers Jesse Riley (L) and Brian Davidson plan their approach for the day for severe weather in southern Iowa while parked at a gas station in Creston, Iowa on June 24, 2015.

Storm chasers Jesse Riley (R) and Brian Davidson laugh as they plan their approach for the day for severe weather in southern Iowa while parked at a gas station in Creston, Iowa on June 24, 2015.

A storm front moves over I-88 near Maple Rock, Illinois as severe weather moves through the Chicagoland area on July 13, 2015.

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