Chatham Illinois severe thunderstorm high winds April 19 2011

This low quality video shows the high winds that came through our neighborhood in Chatham Illinois earlier this evening. I reduced the content so that the file size would work on this site. Reports of damage all across Central Illinois are still coming in. It was reported that downtown Chatham lost power during the storm. Emergency crews are currently dealing with the aftermath. Many communities are without power, have road blockages or other destruction caused by this weather event.

Load time might take a bit. Previous videos took about 20 seconds to fully load. This one looks to take about 30 seconds.

A few days ago another serious weather system came through our region. Many funnel clouds with rotation were reported. Several of these very close to Chatham. Yet it took our local emergency services a very long time to decide to sound the weather sirens. This time around Chatham did a much better job of alerting citizens to the weather danger.

You can never be to careful when alerting citizens to severe weather. Unfortunately many people seem to have a carefree attitude in regards to storms. You would think Springfield’s experience with several destructive tornadoes a few years ago people would be more cautious.

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