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Rare Late November Tornado Touches Down in Illinois, Significant Damage, Injuries

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo: Nicole Bradley

Destruction lies in the wake of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that ripped through parts of the Midwest Monday.

Among the hardest hit, northern Illinois, where there were several reports of tornado touchdowns and significant damage.

 News sources are reporting at least three children were hurt in Caledonia, Illinois, when their school

Photo: The Rockford Register-Star

 bus was flipped in the severe storms.  There have been no reports as to the extent of their injuries.

 CNN is reporting Caledonia’s town hall was destroyed when the storms blew through.  Elsewhere in the town, at least one home was completely destroyed and power was knocked out to about 500 residents.  There was significant damage done to several other homes and businesses in that area.

 Severe weather was also reported in Wisconsin where meteorologists from the National Weather Service will have to determine if a tornado touched down there.

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November 23, 2010 Posted by | News & Current Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Illinois Tornado Outbreak

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] –  Sunday, June 6, 2010

At least 12 tornadoes have reportedly touched down in central Illinois.

Damage reports are coming in from several areas in Illinois.  No injuries have been immediately reported.

The storms began around 7:45 p.m. central time.  Tornadoes touched down in Elmwood, Peoria, East Peoria, Washington, and Hanna City, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

Severe damage has been reported on the ground near Kankakee, Ill, apparently caused by a tornado.

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