Damage to a car in the worst-hit areas of Washington, Ill., after Sunday's tornado. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

National Weather Service Confirms 24 Tornadoes Last Weekend

At least 24 tornadoes touched ground across the state during last weekend’s severe weather outbreak


The Georgetown Commons apartment complex was among the first residential areas hit by a tornado that swept through the small town of Washington, Ill., on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Many Tornado Victims Return Home To Search For Possessions

Many residents in downstate Washington were getting their first chance to return to what’s left of their homes on Friday, five days after a violent tornado ripped much of the small town to shreds.


CBS 2's Chris Martinez got a look on Wednesday at the worst damage in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

FEMA On Ground In Washington To Assess Tornado Damage

For the first time since the deadly tornadoes hit Illinois on Sunday, federal emergency management officials were on the ground in Washington on Thursday to survey the damage.


CBS 2's Chris Martinez got a look on Wednesday at the worst damage in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

Students Return To Class As Feds Begin Official Tornado Damage Assessment

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.


Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris 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)

Rain Might Slow Cleanup In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

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.


Just part of a kitchen is essentially all the remains of this home in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

New Number: At Least 15 Tornadoes Hit Illinois

New damage assessments from the National Weather Service show that at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois during Sunday’s storms.


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)

Washington Mayor: 1,000 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed By Tornado

Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.


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Chicago 4th Grader Collecting Toys For Flood, Tornado Victims

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.



Local Meteorologist: Texas Tornadoes Should Be Safety Reminder

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.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

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Severe Weather In Dallas Prompts American Airlines To Cancel Flights At O’Hare

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.


Monday Weather

Showers, Storms Coming As High Climbs To 70

It might as well be mid-May, with temperatures climbing to 70 degrees and springtime thunderstorms making their way toward the area.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

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Weather Radios Flying Off The Shelves After Tornadoes

Retailers are working hard to keep weather radios in stock, after tornadoes devastated parts of downstate Illinois and other Midwest locations last week.

WBBM Newsradio–03/06/2012

Tea Party Patriots Hold American Policy Summit

Paul: No Federal Money For Tornado Victims

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.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2012

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Death, Massive Damage In Southern Indiana In Wake Of Tornadoes

Authorities say tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff’s official says at least one town is “completely gone.”


Storm Damage

Confirmed: Tornadoes Hit Downers Grove, Mount Prospect

If you think a tornado passed through your backyard during the wild storms on Tuesday evening, you might be right.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Johnson Family

Many Still Without Power After Storms

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.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

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Experts Warn Of Potential For Severe Storms This Summer

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.

WBBM Newsradio–06/19/2011

Tornado Damage

When, Where Are Tornadoes Most Likely Around Chicago?

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.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2011

Tornadoes Rip Through Alabama

Chicago Red Cross Nurse Headed To Tornado-Ravaged Alabama

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/29/2011


Downstate Illinois Cleans Up After Tornadoes Rip Through

Snow, rain, hail and umbrella-flipping winds have plagued Chicago in recent days, but all that was tame compared to the weather downstate.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2011