National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Ogle County

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OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Stateline town is left picking up the pieces after an extremely rare February tornado.

"I went and check out the window there and i thought boy it's so still," says Roberta Macauley.

Roberta describes it as the calm before the storm. "A big huge black cloud that came rolling over the hill."

Roberta and Roger Macauley never expected to see their lives flash before them as they sat watching a dark storm quickly turn into a tornado.

"No warning whatsoever," says Macauley. "Roger said he saw a big board go flying in the air so I took off running and he followed me and we didn't get only into the office down the hall and it had hit!"

Roberta is referring to what is now being classified by the national weather service as an EF-1 tornado with 90 mile per hour winds.

"It was just a gust of wind but then we look out the window and began to investigate and it was really bad."

The twister ripped off the roof to the Macauley's shed damaging some of their machines sending twisted metal across their front yard splitting several tall pine trees. The tornado destroyed the shed and a nearby garage causing several thousand dollars' worth in damages.

"We are alive our animals are fine."

Roberta says she'll never look at storms the same way.

"Don't just say oh okay it's just another storm listen to our meteorologist they know what they are talking about."


OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) – The National Weather Service has confirmed as many as seven tornadoes touched down across the state, killing two people, one in Ottawa and one in southern Illinois.

One of those tornadoes also touched down in Ogle County. According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 Tornado touched down late Tuesday afternoon near Oregon.

Ogle County Sheriff Brian Van Vickle says that a farm located on South Daysville Road, about 5 miles South-Southeast of Oregon, suffered rather significant damage from the storm.

Originally it was thought the damage was caused by straight-line winds, but upon an on-site investigation by National Weather Service Meteorologists today, it was determined that it was indeed a tornado, with estimated winds of 90-95 MPH.

The National Weather Service goes on to say that straight-line winds around 80 MPH caused additional damage after the tornado path.

We’re told South Daysville Road has been reopened and power has been restored.