Updated: Tornado and Storm Damage

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- The National Weather Service has issued a an all clear for the tornado for Boone and Winnebago Counties.

Stephenson and McHenry have also received the all clear.

However, the tornado watch is still in effect until 6 p.m.

The storm caused damage in Caledonia area near Argyle Road and Harlem Road and Paulson roads, one business completely almost completely destroyed, other homes and garages partially down, a grain silo was destroyed and leaking grain onto street (see image below), large barn completely destroyed, high tension power lines down, and bus rolled over at Paulson and Harlem road (see image below). Three children were injured and sent to hospital.

ComEd is reporting power outages at two of four substations in Eastern Winnebago effecting 40 thousand people in the areas of Rockford, Machesney Park, and Roscoe.

Twenty-nine thousand people have power again as of 4:30, but around ten thousand are still without power.

We're getting reports that some areas of Loves Park are without power as well.

ComEd is reminding people to stay away from downed power lines because they could have power restored to them while still down.

According to the Loves Park Police, many of the traffic lights in Loves Park are out as a result of the storm. Avoid major streets because of major congestion.

Additionally, some WIFR viewers are reporting poor cellular phone service.

You can find links to the rest of our tornado coverage below in the "Related Stories" section.

You can download user-submitted videos here and here courtesy of Rickie Traeger and here courtesy of Jim Acheson.

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  • by michael Location: rockford on May 22, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    no school for kennedy right the roof got ripped off
  • by RJ Location: Machesney Park on Nov 23, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by this disaster. About the bus flipping, the reporters aren't getting this story right. There were 5 kids and a bus driver injured 4 of the injuries were minor. A child is still in the hospital with a broken vertebra in his neck along with deep cuts on his head and face. Does that sound minor to you? Thank God this tornado didn't touch down any sooner then it did. We could of had massive life lose and injuries if it would of hit a populated area such as Machesney Park.
  • by Jerry Location: Winnebago on Nov 23, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    I usually watch you guys and did for a little bit last night. But I thought your coverage was subpar. As I flipped the channels the other stations had far more coverage.
  • by Donna Location: Kansas on Nov 23, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Just moved to Northern Kansas. Everyone warned US about moving too close to "Tornado Alley". Seems like "Tornado Alley" might be growing?Glad the bus was not full and that the kids and driver that were on the bus were not injured worse - or killed. Hopefully they will not have any lasting injuries (except for emotional-it will haunt them for quite some time I'm sure. Those who know them-keep them close and don't let them be alone for a while.) My heart goes out to and my prayers go up for all those affected.
  • by Brian Location: Loves Park on Nov 23, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    I hate to say this, but i slept thru everything until my wife woke me up and then i heard the sirens. Im glad that there was ne serious injuries of death but my heart felt condolences goes out to those in Caledonia and Boone County. I live on Evans and we were without power for about 3 hours, but im glad to see all in my neighborhood had strait heads about themselves. That was really important or there could have been some serious injuries. Just glad all those kids on the bus is ok as well. Good luck to all in the affected areas in your clean up and rebuilding process.
  • by Lucky-T Location: Mt. Morris on Nov 23, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    I heard this morning about the tornado last night in Caledonia. I pray that ALL people are doing ok. I also pray that all people get help with houses & everything that the tornado has hit. I just pray for everyone & everything that went through all the tornado stuff. We are surely blessed that it didn't get any worse! Just be thankful for what y'all got, you don't know what you've got till it's all gone!
  • by eric Location: slice of heaven,ill on Nov 22, 2010 at 11:42 PM
    cayce of rocheel(seriously?) and cindy of boone, i bet you fools would be crying and screaming omg omg why me why me if it were you!! i watched this stuff hit from radar and had someone out chasing! if this isn't something you want to know about or oprah, i suggest you burn your televisions and computers. this is real and not some over paid personality show thing! my heart goes out to those who were affected by this storm, i watched it come and go and like i said, there was a person out chasing with my help and seen this all! most of the photos you seen were his! no one can say when and where this stuff may take place, we have to be ready for it no matter what time of the year it is... be safe everyone please.
  • by Megan Location: Poplar Grove on Nov 22, 2010 at 09:34 PM
    I watched the tornado pick up debrit and go toward caledonia from my front yard.. It was amazing but very devastating.
  • by Robert Location: Alabama on Nov 22, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    wow, i used to live in winnebego county/ rockford, family and friends live there hope they r ok
  • by becky Location: beloit on Nov 22, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Mark-THANK YOU FOR ALL THE COVERAGE! Cayce and Cindy-you need to shut ur mouth! my neice was on that bus and was one of the children hurt. How would you have felt if it would have been ur child or a family member?? Maybe you should be a little more grateful that there are people like Mark who actually care enough to do their job as well as he does
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