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Tornadoes hit the Midwest, devastate Illinois towns

Tornadoes touch down in Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio Thursday night.

 

Ramon Ramirez

Internet Culture

Published Apr 10, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:46 am CDT

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2015, 1:30 am CDT