7:45PM UPDATE – We could change the title of this blog post now thanks to Dan Zellers who snapped a cell phone picture of the tornado on the ground. He was on the northwest side of Belvidere near the fire station and post office, looking west. He estimates that the tornado was about 1/2 mile west of here. Thanks so much for being on the lookout Dan (and the many others who reported their sightings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:15PM UPDATE – Awaiting a cell phone photo of a tornado on the ground near Belvidere that was taken around 5:40pm. Will post here on the weather authority blog when I get it. -ES
7PM UPDATE – No reports of damage. However we have several eyewitnesses who say the tornado did in fact touch down near Irene Road and US20 in western Boone County. It is quite possible that there were several different funnels with this storm…or that some of the funnels that were reported to us were just scud clouds. Remember a low-hanging cloud isn’t a funnel unless it spins. In most cases if it is a funnel you are looking at, you will know!
DEVELOPING STORY – At 5:35pm the Boone County Fire Department got a call of a funnel cloud off of Irene Road. Shortly thereafter we got a phone call from a storm spotter near Belvidere High School reporting a funnel cloud extending 35% of the way to the ground. The sirens went off thereafter.
In addition, at 6:00pm a broadly rotating storm over Northern DeKalb and McHenry County may produce a few funnel clouds or brief tornadoes.
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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 31, 2009