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Survivors Remember Devastation on Belvidere Tornado’s 50th Anniversary

April 21, 1967 was like any other Friday at school with buildings full of kids excited for the weekend. But something horrific was brewing as the school day was ending.

In Belvidere on that day a devastating tornado struck as the kids were getting on their buses to head home. Sixteen buses were outside Belvidere High School as the tornado hit, turning many of them over and throwing them around. The tornado took 24 lives (17 children) that day, injured several hundred, destroyed over one-hundred homes and caused $22 million in damage.

Survivors of that tornado talked with Chicago TV meteorologist Tom Skilling recently about that horrible day.

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