Some good photos from our local paper...
Here is how the tornado looked going by our farm, with the two funnels. It was still in the sky south of Braidwood, bouncing a tail up and down. By the time it reached Custer Park, where I live, it had settled onto the ground and was just starting to get down to business.
It builds up some steam north of Wilmington...headed towards the area south of Frankfort & Mokena... I was in New Lenox, just west of it. Honestly, if I saw this coming towards me with my own eyes while it was happening, I'd have been totally hysteric and sh***** myself.
As it was, I was hiding in the basement of my folk's house with a comforter over my head. We were getting a blow-by-blow via cell phone from a deputy who was watching it and I felt so scared and helpless. NOTHING scares me like a tornado, nothing. I even have nightmares about them, all the time.
I'm a weather wimp! :)
Here it is petering out near Cook County.
Lots of people hurt, expecially people who were driving. Lots of houses and barns torn up, but no one was killed! Our warning system is getting lots of credit for giving people advance notice so they could take cover. Ah life in the Midwest! :) You would think I'd be used to them by now, but I'm not.
Did I really think a comforter over my head would have kept me safe, lol? ;)