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Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle (CBS)

Among Those Left Homeless By Tornado: The Ogle County Sheriff

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says he got a call from Woodstock Police, who found some of his mail – 60 miles away. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Geraldine Schultz, left; Jacklyn Klosa (courtesy: Tanya Robinson, Facebook, respectively)

Fairdale Mourns Two Women Killed By Tornado

Both Geraldine Schultz, 67, and 69-year-old Jacklyn Klosa were friends and lived in Fairdale, which was leveled Thursday evening by an EF-4 tornado that reached 200 mph.

04/10/2015

Erin Johnson talks with CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot in tornado-damaged Rochelle. (CBS)

Tornado Survivor: ‘I Knew I Didn’t Have A Whole Lot Of Time’

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with Erin Johnson of Rochelle, whose home was ripped off its foundation Thursday.

04/10/2015

Crews search through the town for unaccounted people the morning after a tornado swept through the town on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Want To Help Tornado Victims? Stay Home And Donate

Authorities in the tornado zones in Rochelle and Fairdale have asked people wanting to help the victims not to get in their cars to make the trip, but do what they can from home instead.

04/10/2015

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Twister Kills 2, Injures 20; Governor Bruce Rauner Declares DeKalb, Ogle State Disaster Areas

After touring the damage left by powerful tornadoes that killed two people and injured nearly two dozen others, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared two counties disaster areas.

04/10/2015

Animals at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere trying to get back into their routine after Thursday's storm. (Credit: Samira Kanacevic)

Belvidere Zoo Ravaged By Tornado, Two Animals Killed

A zoo in Belvidere, Illinois, took a direct hit from one of the two tornadoes that touched down in north central Illinois on Thursday.

04/10/2015

A family of seven survived Thursday's tornado in Rochelle, Illinois, in the basement of this destroyed home. (Photo: Nancy Reyes)

One Story Of Survival After Tornado: “Everything Is Gone”

Dozens of families in two towns in north central Illinois were left sifting through the rubble, after tornadoes leveled their homes.

04/10/2015

Fairdale Home Damaged_Ed Curran

Ed Curran Goes Inside The Devastation In Fairdale, Illinois

Daylight brought a harsh reality in the tiny town of Fairdale: The tornado that hit the night before essentially spared nothing.

04/10/2015

A Salvation Army truck assisting in relief efforts in north central Illinois, after at least two tornadoes touched down on Thursday. (Credit: Salvation Army/Twitter)

Disaster Relief Groups Offer Helping Hand To Tornado Victims

The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have set up shelters for victims, served hot meals to first responders, and provided other relief supplies as residents dig out, and begin the slow recovery process.

04/10/2015

Aerial view of damage from one of two tornadoes that hit just south of Rockford, Illinois, on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

Washington Residents Hit By Twister Step Up To Help Fairdale Victims

Residents of an Illinois community devastated by a tornado in November 2013 were coming together Friday to help the victims of Thursday’s deadly tornado in Fairdale, Illinois.

04/10/2015

A firefighter hangs an American flag from a tree in Fairdale, Illinois, a day after a tornado virtually destroyed the tiny hamlet of 200 people. At least one person died, and at least 11 others were injured. (Credit: CBS)

Photos And Video Of Thursday’s Tornadoes Near Rockford

At least one person was killed in Fairdale, Illinois, on Thursday, when a massive “wedge” tornado ripped through the tiny hamlet of 200 people. A second tornado also hit nearby Rochelle. No fatalities were reported there, but at 12 people were trapped in the basement of a restaurant when it was leveled.

04/10/2015

Crews search wreckage on the IL-72 after a tornado came through the town earlier in the day on April 9, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, seven people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

2 Dead After Two Tornadoes Hit Near Rockford; Searches Of Rubble Resume

Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.

04/09/2015

Storm damage in Diamond, Ill. (Credit: Jeff Torino)

Diamond, Ill. Rebuilds One Year After Devastating Tornado

Today, the town of Diamond, Illinois, 60 miles southwest of Chicago, looks like an idyllic community with new homes, green lawns and swimming pools, but it looked anything but nice one year ago.

11/17/2014

A concrete slab was all that remained of the Brownfield family home after a huge tornado ripped through Washington, Illinois, on Nov. 17, 2013. A year later, they're ready to move into a new two-story home, one of at least 160 families who have new homes since the storm hit. In all, more than 1,100 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged by the twister. (Credit: CBS)

One Year Later: Rebuilding Continues In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

A lot can change in a year; the central Illinois town that literally was torn to pieces by a powerful tornado was seeing new life Monday, one year to the day after that devastating storm.

11/17/2014

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Chicago Area Dodges Damaging Storms That Slammed Southern Wisconsin

CBS 2 Meteorologist Ed Curran reports a tornado watch had been issued for several counties in northern Illinois early Tuesday, but it was later cancelled several hours earlier than scheduled as the system fell apart in Illinois, and the heaviest storms moved into Wisconsin.

06/17/2014

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Rebuilding From Devastating Tornado Is ‘The New Sound’ In Washington

Seven months after a rare November tornado tore through downstate Washington, destroying or damaging more than 1,100 homes and claiming three lives, residents have taken some significant steps to rebuilding their town.

06/10/2014

Jeremy Janssen of Mackinaw Fire Department walks through debris along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Six Months After Tornado, Washington Partly Rebuilt

The central Illinois town has made some progress, but the road to rebuild the town is still a long process. CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports.

05/16/2014

The dome -shaped home near Pekin, Ill. was designed to withstand tornadoes. (Credit: Robin Miller)

Illinois Family’s Dome Home Built To Withstand Tornadoes

This is tornado season – and WBBM’s Steve Miller talked to a family near Pekin who designed and built their home to withstand tornados.

04/30/2014

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WATCH: Mississippi Meteorologist Forced To Sprint From Set As Tornado Hits

A tornado tore through Tupalo, Miss., on Monday afternoon forcing a local news station there to quickly abandon their newscast

04/28/2014

Rescue workers search through rubble for survivors of tornado damage April 21, 2004 in Utica, Illinois. Utica, located about 90 miles southwest of Chicago, is home to about 1,000 people and has sustained significant tornado damage leaving eight people dead. (Photo by Jean Lachat-Pool/Getty Images)

10 Years Ago This Weekend, Deadly Tornado Ripped Through Utica, Ill.

Jeremy Thorsen had just left the Milestone Tap when he saw a tornado hit the building.

04/18/2014

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