April 10, 2015
(UPDATE @ 1017pm: I just learned that a second person was killed in Fairdale, the next-door neighbor of the first fatality.)
Authorities are still trying to account for everybody from Fairdale, including people who may not have been home when the storm hit. As you can imagine, that's taking a while. It makes sense when you see this picture:
This is looking south at the hamlet. If you compare it to the satellite shot in the previous post, imagine the camera is the yellow arrow and you've got the correct orientation.
The confirmed injury list grew to 11 people overnight, but thankfully the death toll has stayed at one. That doesn't include the minor scrapes and bruises suffered by a dozen people trapped in the basement of a Rochelle restaurant when it collapsed.
The UP intermodal yard had a close call, but escaped undamaged. As one of the main staging hubs for the railroad in the Chicago area, and thus the entire midwest, a direct hit could have been catastrophic for rail traffic across the entire country.
On the whole, Northern Illinois probably has to consider itself lucky.
Fairdale residents probably don't feel that way.
That first picture is really horrifying. You can see the track of the tornado as it moved through the town.
The astoundingly low casualty rate is testament to the effectiveness of the early warning system that's in place now.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 10, 2015 03:22 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 12, 2015 09:58 AM (RqRa5)
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