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Multiple Tornadoes Cause Destruction in Illinois

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Several long-track tornadoes reportedly caused widespread destruction in parts of the Midwest, particularly in northern Illinois, on Thursday evening.

Early purported videos and photos appear to show several small towns near Rockford, Illinois severely damaged, if not fully destroyed, after a string of powerful tornadoes moved through the region between 5:30 and 8:30pm CDT on Thursday.


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The towns of Rochelle, Fairdale and Kirkland all appeared to suffer massive destruction in the wake of the twisters, which were shown in several videos and photos posted online and on social media. The National Weather Service office in Chicago, Illinois repeatedly warned of “extremely dangerous” and “large” tornadoes.

Rescues are ongoing in debris-laden neighborhoods near Rockford, with Rockford’s fire department tweeting the recovery of a “victim”, possibly a fatality, along with heavy damage and ongoing rescues in Kirkland.


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At least 14 reports of tornadoes and 44 tornado warnings had been issued during a busy severe weather day on Thursday accross the country. Warnings stretched from hardest-hit Illinois to Texas, according to preliminary National Weather Service data.


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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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