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Ogle County residents learn severe weather preparation and receive a life saving device

April 9, 2015 brings up painful memories of an E-F 4 tornado that ripped through local counties in Illinois. The tragic day is motivating community members to be ready if something like it happened again. 

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April 9 tornado still a harrowing experience for the family of a Fairdale survivor

The home of Donna Chambers after the Fairdale tornado. The home of Donna Chambers after the Fairdale tornado.

When Karen Chambers pulled up to her mother's ravaged Fairdale home, she wasn't prepared for what she was about to see. 

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All Hands on Deck: The National Weather Service reveals how they prepared for April 9

Warnings and alerts were sent out in a variety of ways on April 9th, from weather radios and outdoor warning sirens to text messages and weather apps relaying alerts on cell phones and smartphones.

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College of DuPage meteorologist is predicting tornado risk weeks in advance

Dr. Victor Gensini Dr. Victor Gensini

Severe weather threats and tornado warnings are known all too well in Northern Illinois. Sometimes these weather events can cause devastation, such as in Fairdale and Rochelle on April 9, 2015, but one College of DuPage meteorologist is hoping his research can expand predictions on the weather.

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Local 911 dispatchers think back on the night of April 9th

One year after the April 9th tornado, Rochelle dispatcher Cory Beck thinks back to that chaotic night when an EF-4 tornado swept through the area.  

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Rochelle farming family rebuilds with help after the April 9 tornado

April 9 is only days away from when a Rochelle family farm plants their livelihood. Last year on April 9, however, the Schabacker farm was destroyed and their equipment flatten by a massive tornado.

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Small tornado causes large destruction on April 9 for Belvidere's Summerfield Zoo

The April 9 tornadoes came in all shapes and sizes, causing chaos throughout the Stateline area.

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Tragedy strikes a Fairdale family after surviving the April 9 tornado

A portrait of Chris Thick with his family. Thick died in a forklift accident after surviving the Fairdale tornado. A portrait of Chris Thick with his family. Thick died in a forklift accident after surviving the Fairdale tornado.

Less than a year after surviving the EF4 tornado, tragedy struck a Fairdale family again. This time, however, one family member wouldn't survive. 

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