At least two tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois on Thursday evening, destroying buildings and killing one person, according to news reports.
The small town of Fairdale, where one of the tornadoes touched down and flattened houses, is about 20 miles southeast of Rockford.
"We could hear the sirens when we went outside," said Celeste DalPra (Rockford), who lives near Belvidere, Illinois. "There was lots of thunder and lightning and hail. We spent time in the basement between 7:00 and 8:00 pm."
Other branch members reported encountering severe rain and thunderstorms along with hail and high winds. One branch member reported damage to some old fencing at his home.