Some parts of the Chicago area could be forgiven for thinking summer has arrived early, as temperatures were expected to flirt with the 80s Friday afternoon.
A week after a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, there already have been signs of major progress, but lots more work is needed as survivors recover from the storm.
The smells of rain and fresh grass aren’t the only signs of spring. The strong aroma of skunk is frequently in the air.
Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.
For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.
Video posted on YouTube shows a North Carolina man’s close encounter with one of the powerful tornados that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.
Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.
Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.
Sunday is set to be another warm day.
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.
Saturday is set to be a warm, sunny day for the Chicago area.
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.
A zoo in Belvidere, Illinois, took a direct hit from one of the two tornadoes that touched down in north central Illinois on Thursday.
Daylight brought a harsh reality in the tiny town of Fairdale: The tornado that hit the night before essentially spared nothing.
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.
For nearly 90 minutes, Walker Ashley followed the violent storms that pulverized northern Illinois on Thursday evening.
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.
Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed two people have died in the tiny hamlet of Fairdale, Illinois, after a massive “wedge” tornado virtually destroyed the town.
Delays of up to 90 minutes were reported at O’Hare, where more than 735 flights had been canceled.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the Chicago area on Thursday.