As usual, there was hesitation and procrastination to leave on a local day. Storms developed in E. Iowa and NW. Illinois during the mid-afternoon hours. We decided to leave and head west to intercept the storms as they pushed east-southeast and continued to strengthen. We made it to the vicinity of what was now a string of supercells, with tornadoes already reported.
Approaching from the northeast, our best option was to make a play on the furthest north supercell, which was approaching Earlville and Leland. We gained a good visual of the storm on Route 23 south of Leland, where we witnessed the end of the Earlville tornado. As the storm approached we took a quick jump south, then east on Route 52, finally back northeast on Route 71 to Newark. We made a quick stop in Newark, as a new circulation was a few miles to our west-northwest, northwest of Sheridan. This circulation passed just to our south in a weakening phase as we sat in Newark, witnessing a wind shift.
As the storm passed we decided to call it a chase given some flooding was occurring, darkness had set in, and storms were moving in a not so favorable southeast direction.