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Did You Live Through Tornado Day: April 21, 1967 ?

A total of forty four tornadoes (19 in Illinois) struck the area from Missouri and Iowa through Illinois and Michigan during the outbreak, including at least six F3 twisters.   A total of 58 people perished.   It is the worst tornado disaster in Chicagoland history.

Just Some of the Tornado Damage in Oak Lawn and surrounding areas
Oak Lawn tornado damage April 21, 1967 More tornado damage April 21, 1967

(Below) Oak Lawn High School
Oak Lawn High School after the tornado in 1967 Oak Lawn Fairway Foods after the tornado in 1967

On a gray and windy day in April 1967, a swarm of tornadoes struck the area, killing 58 people.   Oak Lawn was hit particularly hard.   The tornado then skipped across the South Side of the city, crossing the Dan Ryan Expressway at rush hour, and hitting the lakefront near 79th Street.   Two days later on Sunday, April 23, 1967, three inches (76 mm) of snow fell on Belvidere, which only exacerbated the cleanup from Friday's tornadoes.

My family and I survived, but it was one of the scariest days in my life. 
I've never seen another sky quite like the one that day.

Links, images and videos...

Powerful Tornado Devastation, Apr 1967

Belvidere Tornado Info

Pictures from the 1967 Oak Lawn Illinois Tornado

Tornado of 1967 and the Spirits that remained

Oak Lawn Tornado Info

More Oak Lawn Info

Lots More Info on the Tornado Outbreak

April 21, 1967. ....a time many of us still remember

Map of April 21, 1967 tornadoes

I very nice PDF download of the weather details and other information



Videos of the disaster, news footage and photos...

Tornado Day April 1967 Video 1

Tornado Day April 1967 Video 2

Tornado Day April 1967 Video 3


 
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