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National Weather Service confirms Cambridge tornado via photographs

Since a survey of the area didn't find any notable damage, the organization used pictures from storm chasers and regular people to officially confirm the tornado.
Credit: Ryan Harriott

CAMBRIDGE, Ill. — If you took a picture of the tornado that was briefly over Cambridge, Illinois on Saturday, March 28th, you're the reason that the National Weather Service was able to confirm its existence. 

NWS officially confirmed the tornado on the morning of Monday, March 30th after a survey of the area was complete. The storm was reported near Cambridge at 7:43 Saturday evening, 3 miles East southeast of Andover. The report was made Saturday evening by people in the area, and was backed up by local law enforcement.

An assessment of the area saw that the tornado did not cause any notable damage, which means that NWS is unable to glean much information about the event, such as wind speed. Due to this, NWS relied on photographs from storm chasers and regular citizens to confirm the storm's existence. 

This confirmation follows the Sunday confirmation of a tornado near Tampico, IL which damaged a farm.