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2015 A Record Year For Tornadoes In Chicago Area

The Chicago area has set a record for the most tornadoes in a single year, according to National Weather Service data.

08/28/2015

Lightning strikes in southwest suburban Willow Springs on Tuesday. (Credit: Robert Herman)

Weather Service Confirms Two Tornadoes Touched Down Tuesday In Western Suburbs

The National Weather Service has confirmed that two weak tornadoes touched down in the western suburbs during Tuesday’s storms.

08/23/2015

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Morris Hospital Staff Rally Around Tornado Victim

When Morris Hospital staff learned a visitor lost everything in this week’s tornadoes, they took action.

06/25/2015

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At Least Three Tornadoes Hit Western And Southwestern Suburbs

National Weather Service crews were headed out Tuesday to try to confirm reports of up to six tornados touching down Monday in Grundy, LaSalle, Lee, and Will counties, including three already confirmed in Ottawa, Sublette, and Coal City.

06/23/2015

Fairdale Home Damages_Ed Curran

DeKalb County Changing Zoning Laws For Fairdale To Help Tornado Victims Rebuild

DeKalb County officials have said they’re committed to making sure everyone who wants to rebuild after last month’s tornado in the small town of Fairdale can clear any legal hurdles that might be in their way.

05/14/2015

Fairdale Home Damage_Ed Curran

Building Codes Stall Rebuilding For Some Tornado Victims In Fairdale

Fairdale residents whose homes were lost or severely damaged in last month’s tornado have been learning rebuilding is not going to be so easy.

05/12/2015

A home damaged by a tornado in Fairdale, Illinois, in April, weeks after the twister hit. (Credit: Facebook/Fairdale, IL Tornado Recovery)

With Most Volunteers Gone, Fairdale Still Needs Help Recovering From Tornado

This weekend marks one month since a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, and while cleanup efforts continue, most volunteers who showed up in the wake of the storm have moved on.

05/07/2015

Work crews have hauled hundreds of tons of debris from Fairdale in the week after a deadly tornado, but said cleanup likely will last another week or so. (Credit: CBS)

Group Of Storm Chasers To Donate Gift Cards To Northern Illinois Tornado Victims

A group of people who chase violent weather as a hobby are making donations next week to the tornado victims in Rochelle and Fairdale, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/18/2015

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Residents Return To Fairdale Two Days After Tornado Ripped Through Town

Residents of the town of Fairdale were escorted back to their homes Saturday, two days after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the town, killing two people.

04/11/2015

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

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

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Severe Thunderstorms, Hail, Tornadoes Possible On Thursday

Severe storms moving through the Midwest were expected to bring heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds, and possibly some tornadoes to the Chicago area on Thursday, with the heaviest storm activity hitting Thursday afternoon.

04/09/2015

This tree was torn down during Monday night's storms in Midlothian. (Credit: Twitter/@andy_kaz)

Chicago Area Cleaning Up After Storm That Spawned Five Tornadoes

Chicago area residents are now in clean-up mode after powerful storms Monday evening.

07/01/2014

Powerful storms damaged an outdoor garden center at the Walmart Supercenter in Morris, Ill. (Credit; CBS)

National Weather Service Confirms Two Brief Tornadoes Hit Monday Evening

The NWS confirms two brief EF-1 tornadoes occurred Monday evening, with one near the town of Earlville and the second in Plainfield.

07/01/2014

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