Tornadoes hit the Midwest, devastate Illinois towns

Tornadoes touched down across the Midwest Thursday—with reported twisters in Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. At least one person has died due to tornado-related injuries. 

This following a reported eight tornadoes Wednesday in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. The tornadoes are part of a severe storm that affected an estimated 95 million people on Thursday.

The glaring headline of the night’s severe weather activity took place in Rochelle, Ill., where a tornado with winds reported at 91 miles per hour destroyed local restaurant Grubsteakers, and trapped 12 people underneath the rubble in the basement. All were safely rescued Thursday evening.

Among the 20 destroyed homes in the rural, northwest town of Rochelle (population: 9,500) and its surrounding Ogle County was the Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle’s

Nearby Fairdale, Ill., was likewise devastated by tornadoes that left one dead and others missing.

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On the Web, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter users quickly turned to their phones to document the chaotic conditions.

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A photo posted by Cindy Pope (@rockrivercindy) on

More severe weather is in the Midwest’s imminent forecasts.

Photo via Eric Boehmer/Facebook

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.