Federal officials will be meeting with state and local authorities in downstate Washington on Thursday to begin evaluating the damage caused to homes and businesses on Sunday, when tornadoes devastated the small town and other parts of central Illinois.
As survivors sift through the debris from at least 1,000 damaged and destroyed homes, they’re also finding bright spots and good reason to look to the future.
New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during Sunday’s storms.
Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.
A Chicago fourth grader called the press to his South Side school on Friday to announce a toy drive to benefit kids who were victims of the flooding in Colorado and the tornadoes in Oklahoma.
Video of truck trailers flying through the air in North Texas underscore National Weather Service reminders that when they suggest taking cover from tornadoes, they’re very serious.
Severe weather that hit the Dallas Fort Worth airport Tuesday is having a ripple effect at O’Hare, after American Airlines stopped operations at its Texas hub.
It might as well be mid-May, with temperatures climbing to 70 degrees and springtime thunderstorms making their way toward the area.
Retailers are working hard to keep weather radios in stock, after tornadoes devastated parts of downstate Illinois and other Midwest locations last week.
U.S. Rep. and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas) says victims of the tornados in downstate Harrisburg and elsewhere in the Midwest and South shouldn’t receive any federal aid, and should instead buy insurance.
Authorities say tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff’s official says at least one town is “completely gone.”
If you think a tornado passed through your backyard during the wild storms on Tuesday evening, you might be right.
Conditions are cool and fairly calm now, but many Chicago area residents remain without power Thursday morning and crews are still cleaning up from two tornadoes that hit the suburbs.
Emergency preparedness officials warn that the severe storms that have blanketed much of the nation this spring could just as easily hit here. They stress taking steps in advance to be ready.
Tornadoes can hit at any time of year, but here in the Midwest, they’re more likely in April, May and June and more likely in certain areas near Chicago.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago wasted no time putting nurse Mary Witherspoon to work when she volunteered to work with them at disaster scenes in January.
Snow, rain, hail and umbrella-flipping winds have plagued Chicago in recent days, but all that was tame compared to the weather downstate.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has sent equipment and a disaster-relief worker to North Carolina, which has been hard hit by deadly tornadoes.
A warm yet cloudy Saturday will make way for a dramatic Sunday, as a mixture of warm temperatures and heavy wind gusts could produce tornadoes in the Chicago area.