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Tornado takes 24 buildings in Ogle County

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.”

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