Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak on this Date in 1965

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48 years ago on this date, one of the worst tornado outbreaks to ever hit the Midwest occurred. On Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965, 47 tornadoes struck parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, killing 271. An F4 tornado struck Crystal Lake and Island Lake in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, killing 6 and injuring 75.  A second tornado went through Druce Lake and Gurnee. Another tornado touched down briefly on the west side of Geneva. 

Another reminder that tornado season is here. Be prepared. Have a severe weather plan at your home and place of business. Have a NOAA Weather Radio, a phone app or another source of receiving warnings. Know where your best tornado shelter is. Make sure everyone in your family or at your place of business is familiar with the severe weather plan. Conduct a drill. Be Tornado-Ready!

tornado damage at Crystal lake

This photo was taken at Crystal Lake. The basement is the normally the best shelter, but get under the stairs or a piece of heavy furniture.   

tornado near Goshen April 11, 1965

This classic photo of twin tornadoes was taken at Dunlap - between Elkhart and Goshen Indiana by Paul Huffman, Elkhart Truth


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