Mary Ann and Rich Rhoads of Oregon check damages to their barn early Sunday morning as a ventilator from the top of the old dairy barn lies in a field along German Church Road, northeast of Oregon. Diane Baker walks near a pile of debris from her grandparents old property on Lomax Road between Prophtestown and Tampico. A tornado destroyed a corn crib, garage and machine shed on the little used property. There was no home at the site and no one was hurt. A road sign and utility pole are bent over along German Church Road, south of Exelon's Byron Generating Station. Diane Baker picks up debris from her grandparents old property on Lomax road between Prophtestown and Tampico. A probably tornado destroyed a corn crib, garage and machine shed on the little used property. There was no home at the site and no one was hurt. Mary Ann and Rich Rhoads of Oregon walk past their barn on German Church Road that was damaged by the tornado on Saturday night. The couple owns the rental property along with Ginger and Gary McDanel. The farmstead used to be owned by Ed and Ethel Dirksen. This is the path that the tornado took when it touched down in Ogle County, east of Oregon, on Saturday night. Image from the National Weather Service
OREGON — About 24 buildings were destroyed during the tornado that hit the Oregon and Byron areas Saturday, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said.
No one was injured in the EF1 twister, which traveled 7 miles, had a maximum width of 400 yards, with winds up to 100 mph.
Trees and power lines fell and blocked roadways , but township officials cleared trees and ComEd was on scene right after the storm and the following day, restoring power.
Dispatchers fielded numerous calls, and his office communicated directly with the National Weather Service, VanVickle said.
The EF4 tornado that touched down near Rochelle in 2015 was on the minds of many Saturday night.
“We take those weather events very seriously,” VanVickle said. “We experienced that in 2015. The old adage that it won’t happen here obviously isn’t true.”
Residents took the tornado warning and sirens seriously as well, he said
Their perspectives have changed since 2015,and so has their level of respect for Mother Nature. That’s always a good thing.”