Viewer captures Northern Illinois’ fourth tornado Sunday night north of Rochelle


Michael Sharp shot this video of a tornado on the ground just north of Rochelle Sunday night around 8pm. He tells us he was just west of IL251 on Flagg Road, looking to the north. At the time, we were tracking a compact area of rotation on 13ExacTrack Doppler Radar along the IL64 area southwest of the town of Kings. This circulation tracked east and crossed I-39 just south of the IL64 exit. The circulation on radar and video correlate very nicely. And just because the condensation funnel (above) doesn’t go all the way to the ground, the fact that dust was swirling on the ground means the circulation came in contact which means this can be called a tornado.

I have forwarded the video onto the National Weather Service. If we receive an update to the tornado list, we will let you know right here on the blog. -ES



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This post was written by qni_it on May 23, 2011

2 Comments so far

  1. Justin May 23, 2011 10:11 PM

    Wow, can’t believe the NWS didn’t come across this. Gotta love technology

  2. Rachel Sheets May 24, 2011 2:43 PM

    I live on stillman valley road right were it meets with kishwaukee. I knew the winds were going to fast. We didnt see a funnel cloud but our pool has damage done to it. I am glad it only lasted a short peroid of time because we all didnt go down tot he basement. Next time Ill definately go to the basement.

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