[Watch] Stunning Tornado Videos From Washington, IL

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As someone who grew up not far from Washington, IL, I find these videos haunting. I know these homes, and at one point in my life drove past them often on the way to St. Louis along I-64. I remember when these subdivisions were built and I remember the structures they replaced. I know the work and sacrifice that many families who live there have made in order to own a home. I know the care, love, and pride that went into maintaining them.

I know what it feels like to come out of this alive. I know the difference it makes in how one lives their life.

One of the more stunning videos of the tornado taken was taken by Marc Wells as the tornado hits his home. This picture shows the family’s home, right in the main path of destruction. Google maps shows how the neighborhood around (click  here) before the tornado hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The video below was taken right as the tornado hits  the family’s home.  Josie Wells, the oldest daughter of Marc and Kerry Wells, is clearly in a state of panic, but Marc Wells keeps it together. Apparently, his wife was gone with other family members, so it was  just him and his oldest daughter.   He sees the tornado coming at the house, he gets his daughter and himself inside and while the video goes dark, you can hear the house ripped apart by the storm. You can still hear the tornado sirens going off when they leave what is left of their home and see their neighborhood gone.

 

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The family lost their home, two cars, and practically everything they own. Understandably, they are experiencing a bit of a shock as most families do when something like this happens.

Another stunning video is  one is security footage at the Dairy Queen. It takes about 40 seconds to see something, but watch the blue structure that is across the street.

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This one is from a different security camera at the Dairy Queen. In this one, watch the awning.

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This one shows the neighborhood above being hit from a distant parking lot. After the first minute mark, there isn’t much to see.

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This one is a drive by which helps see the enormous size of the tornado.

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This one has the tornado approaching, and then you see the aftermath.

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The silent shock and aftermath of a tornado can be overwhelming. Here are residents in the aftermath, beginning the clean up.

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Items from the Washington tornado have been found in several towns across Illinois. If you find something that appears to belong to someone in Washington, IL, most of the public libraries have something set up to see the item’s return if it is a small item.

The Facebook page to keep track of the recovery can be found here. However, there are several active Reddit discussions threads.

  • Brian Thompson

    I pray for all these people and their hardship.