From CBS Chicago
A resident of the east side of Elgin said the area looked like a “war zone” after a microburst pelted the area about 2:30 p.m., leaving windows
broken at the Hemmens Cultural Center, but no one injured, officials said.
(Edit: I've added my own pictures below)
My friend and I had decided to walk to the gas station about 7 blocks away from his house to get smokes, in the hope that we'd make it back in time to
beat the absolutely evil looking cloud quickly approaching the Fox River in Elgin from the west. We were at the counter when the lights started
flickering. We left and started jogging back to the house, but made it no more than two blocks before it hit us. And it hit
What was minutes ago a calm and humid day had instantly gone black and winds kicked up to 65mph directly at our backs. We were both sprinting out of
sheer terror, with drenching rain and cloud-to-ground lightening exploding all around us. We could hear transformers exploding with electric sounds,
trees cracking and wrenching all around. We could actually hear the "train whistles" and feel the actual microburst
hit behind us...
We ran for what felt like forever, and at one point there was a terrible ripping sound and I looked back to see a huge tree limb lying between my
friend and I. It was easily 17ft long and could have definitely killed one of us, had our timing been even a fraction of a second faster or slower,
respectively. In the chaos of the moment, I had lost sight of my friend behind the tree -and he of me in front of it- but all I could think (and
scream) was "stay away from the trees!" So I started running in the street instead of the sidewalk. The wind was so strong, I was being pushed faster
than I could run. I was being hit with debris which almost knocked me down a few times. I actually felt like I was about to die. The wind was just
, the lightning was too close and intense and there were trees flying everywhere!
...All the while there was not a siren to be heard...
Finally we got back to my friend's house. We were soaked, completely out of breath, and shaking like a couple of leaves. My friend kept apologizing
for making us go out there. He kept saying I almost died. All I know is that it is INCREDIBLE
that no one was killed or injured in this thing.
I have NEVER
seen/experienced anything like it. I've never feared for my life in nature before. It was the most terrifying moment of my life
After the storm we drove around and surveyed the damage. Entire blocks throughout the city were cordoned off. Living trees ripped straight out of the
ground and lain across streets, houses, cars, and especially power lines. There was a house on fire, a semi overturned, hundred year old trees laying
all over the place. A good 70% of Elgin is still completely without power. Helicopters overhead, police at every intersection... a true state of
I have taken some photos (see below) and I'm certain there is plenty of coverage of it in the news. I'm grateful we were lucky enough to avoid
injury/death, and I still can't believe this happened. This was truly a historic event for the Fox Valley. Once you take a look at the aftermath I'm
sure you'll agree. Still getting chills as I'm typing this.... It was that
close, and that would have been it for me. Never in my life have I
seen weather like that. EVER
Article with Video
Some of my own photos: (and this is nothing)
edit on 6-9-2014 by Aqualung2012 because: (no reason given)