Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Jerome, Illinois' 2006 Tornado - Vernon Avenue

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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Vernon & Filmore - Jerome, Illinois - March 13 2006 - 7:30 AM.

Despite the early hour I was amazed at the sites, and sounds of residents, and utility workers working hard to restore Jerome to its pre-tornado state. I don't believe anyone actually knew the full extent of the damage, nor just how long it would (and will) take to repair all the damage.

Still as we can see in the photo above someone had already placed a plastic tarp over this home's damaged roof, and this was very early in the morning. The sound of chain saws was non-stop, and coming from all directions - and would be an ever present reminder during the coming week of what had befallen the Village of Jerome, and Springfield, Illinois.


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Vernon & Filmore - Jerome, Illinois - March 13 2006 - 7:30 AM.

Some homes were shut off from the rest of the world. However, the small house behind the pile of fallen trees could just as easily have been destroyed by the trees which fell across its driveway.


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Vernon - Jerome, Illinois - March 13 2006 - 7:30 AM.

As I walked down Vernon I noticed that parts of business signs, and structures from Wabash were littered about. Vernon is two blocks north of Wabash. The sign pictured above may not be impressive, but I believe that the door pictured below had been carried over from Wabash. Notice how the door looks as if it had been warped? It looks like it was sucked right out of it's frame.



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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Vernon - Jerome, Illinois - March 13 2006

At over 120 miles per hour this door would certainly have injured, or killed anyone it fell on - luckily it just fell into someone's front yard on Vernon Avenue in Jerome, Illinois.


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