Two friends killed in US tornado

2015-04-11 08:45
A tornado left a scene of devastation in the American state of Illinois. (Bob Chwedyk, AP)

A tornado left a scene of devastation in the American state of Illinois. (Bob Chwedyk, AP)

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Fairdale - The two women killed by a devastating tornado system that barreled through the central state of Illinois shared a friendship, and, ultimately, a neighbourhood that turned out to be ground zero for a twister that leveled much of their rural hamlet.

Jacklyn Klosa, 69, was found in the rubble of her Fairdale home, not far from where Geraldine Schultz, 67, died when the tornado zeroed in on their neighbourhood as it cut through the region west of Chicago, injuring more than a dozen and ripping buildings from their foundations.

The county coroner said Klosa, who had no basement, was found hiding in her shower, clutching her purse.

Klosa "was just one of the most friendly people in the world, a wonderful mother and a wonderful friend," said Les Bellah, mayor of neighbouring Kirkland, recalling the "big ol' hug" he got from her recently but also how she'd "let you know" if she was upset with you. "You never had to wonder what she was thinking."

At least two tornadoes touched down in the six-county vicinity. Most of the injuries weren't considered serious.

"We are very blessed that more people were not hurt. This was a devastating storm," Illinois governor Bruce Rauner said in the town of Flagg after touring the damage.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Enderlen said at least one tornado touched down near Fairdale and was initially rated an EF4, meaning it was capable of producing winds up to 320km/h.


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