Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Jerome, Illinois' 2006 Tornado - Wabash Avenue II

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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Hardees On Wabash

All along Wabash Avenue in Jerome, Illinois business signs were destroyed by the F2 tornado which touched down shortly after 8:00 PM on March 12th, 2006.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Wendy's On Wabash

Wendy's on Wabash, and the Parkway Point Wendy's were hit by the same tornado - although miles apart. The photograph above shows the Wendy's on Wabash on the morning of March 13th, 2006. Wabash was effectively closed to traffic, and all businesses were closed along this major road located on the south side of the Springfield, Illinois metro area.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Road Ranger On Wabash

Road Ranger - Citgo suffered damage to their gasoline pumps, and plate glass windows. Their signs were destroyed, and I found pieces of Citgo blocks away.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Wabash Avenue Road Ranger

The photographs included in this post were taken around nine in the morning. Business owners, police, and repair crew were just about the only people out on Wabash at that time. Crewmen were busy installing plywood sheets to replace broken windows.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Citgo On Wabash Avenue

Road rangers pumps were ripped wide open, and many were tossed on the ground by the half mile wide F2 twister which passed through Jerome Illinois.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Wabash Avenue Citgo

Although the pumps had no power I kept a healthy distance from the gas pumps for fear that I might set off some sparks with my camera. I seriously doubt this could happen, but I was being watched very carefully by someone supervising repair crew at Road Ranger - and so I played it safe. As of today the Road Ranger hasn't reopened, and several pumps are still laying flat on the ground. I wonder how much money Road Ranger is losing each day they are not in operation, and how much their insurace will compenate them for business interuption?


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