Monday, March 27, 2006

Jerome, Illinois' 2006 Tornado - Wabash & Chatham

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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Mac Attacked - March 13, 2006

McDonald's on Chatham Road lost its trademark "M", and power due to the tornado which struck the south side of Springfield, Illinois on the evening of March 12th, 2006. Luckily the tornado hit on a Sunday evening. This MacDonald's location is always busy, and many drivers might have ignored the warning sirens. Sunday evening is perhaps the "best" time to have a tornado come through the Springfield area. Fewer people were on the road, yet most people were still awake to take cover.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - MacDonald's Golden Arches

The image above was captured from the Shop n' Save parking lot looking west across Chatham Road. Note the presence of multiple rows of grounding wires running parallel to the ground north-south along Chatham Road. Chatham Road was littered with downed power poles, and powerlines. The Wabash & Chatham intersection, which is one of Springfield's busiest was shut down except for police, and utility vehicles.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Metal Poles Bend To Tornado.

As I took photo, after photo I began to appreciate how fragile our everyday surroundings are. Even metal poles bent over to the force of the tornado.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - What Is This?

A flipped view through two broken van windows at an overturned shopping cart rack. Got to love that smile!


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Putt Putt Sign Destroyed.

I'm glad I took the time to take several photographs of the Putt Putt Miniature Golf Sign last summer (although I never posted them) as it has been totally destroyed.


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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Tornado Aftermath - Owner Of Putt Putt

Mr. Pate is the son of the founders of Putt Putt miniature golf, and currently operates a small business from the same location. He stated that seeing the Putt Putt sign destroyed was difficult, as his parents started the business. Mr. Pate was taking video of the damage to his business, and expressed concern over the number of birds which had been killed in the tornado.


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