NWS seeks stories about Belvidere, Oak Lawn tornadoes

The National Weather Service in Chicago is looking for personal recollections of the 1967 Belvidere tornado.

On April 21, 1967, a devastating F4 tornado hit Belvidere at 3:50 p.m. as kids were leaving the high school. Twenty-four people lost their lives in the town, with 13 dying at the high school.

Two more twisters ripped through the Chicago suburbs of Lake Zurich and Oak Lawn hours later, leaving a further 34 dead in their wake. All told, 45 tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois.

NWS Chicago is looking for first-person stories and photos from the day. Persons willing to share stories of pictures can email NWS at nws.chicago@noaa.gov for more information.

Sunday is also the second anniversary of the F4 tornado that devastated parts of Rochelle and Fairdale.

April is the month with the highest tornado risk in Illinois, say forecasters.

–Staff report

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