On Sunday, 81 tornadoes raced through parts of the Midwest, killing at least six people, with the hardest hit areas in Illinois and Indiana. As the region wakes up today and begins to pick up the pieces, the full extent of the damage is coming into focus. Here's what people in the path of these monster storms saw:
Roanoke, Ill. is around 15 miles from Washington, one of the towns which was hit the hardest. According to reports, farmhouses and homes there were destroyed, but there aren't reports of any fatalities this morning:
Peoria, Ill. — The Journal Star ran this powerful (and sad) front page:
Chicago, Ill. — The scene at Soldier Field when the game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens was delayed:
Washington, Ill. — It's hard to imagine what you would do if you and your family were staring at a dark, monstrous-looking tornado right in the face. CNN iReporter Anthony Khoury was in that situation and began praying:
Here's another shot from Washington (via Washington, IL, Tornado recovery page on Facebook):
And here's a bird's eye view of the destruction in Washington (via imgur):
And here's what it looks like in Washington this morning:
Lebanon, Ind. saw this beast touch down:
In the meantime, there are ways to help.
- The American Red Cross has a chapter in Central Illinois and they've already mobilized volunteers to distribute water and food.
- The Coal City Methodist Church is serving food and water to people in need, and they're in need of volunteers.
- The Washington, Ill. Tornado Recovery Facebook page has good, local information.
- The Red Cross's Safe and Well registry allows people to register themselves as safe and lets relatives search for their family members who may be affected.
We'll be updating this story as more information/videos/news comes in.