Rockford Branch Members Unharmed After Tornadoes

At least two tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois on Thursday evening, destroying buildings and killing one person, according to news reports.

Rockford branch leader Mark Doherty says that the tornadoes struck to the south of the areas where most branch members live. "We suffered no injury or major damage to property," he said on Friday morning.

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.

"We ask for prayers for people in our neighboring communities," Mark added.

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  1. Ruthanne Seitz says:

    Our prayers are with the Fairdale people. We have family living in Oregon, IL, and they are gathering clothes to be distributed to families who lost everything.

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