It’s not uncommon for Illinois to have nearly 200 tornado warnings during the month of November. But this past weekend 101 of them happened on a single Sunday.
Deadly storms ripped through the state over the weekend, sparking more than 80 tornadoes and killing six people in Illinois and two in Michigan.
Of the 194 tornado warnings that have typically issued during all of November in Illinois since 1986, “more than half of them, 101, were issued on Sunday November 17,” the Chicago Tribune reported on November 18.
Hard-hit with wind and rain on November 17 were Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York, the Tribune said. Blocks upon blocks of houses were flattened in the 10,000-population town of Washington, Illinois, according to the Des Moines Register.
In the wake of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 2,000 people as it cut through the Philippines, United Nations–sponsored climate change talks under way in Warsaw are taking on even more urgency. But midway through the two-week gathering there appeared to be a deadlock as more countries—Japan being the most recent—said they could not reduce emissions to internationally-agreed-upon targets by their deadlines.
Washington, Illinois, bore the brunt of tornadoes that ripped through Illinois, and Governor Pat Quinn declared disaster emergencies in seven counties, USA Today reported.
"We're in this together," Quinn said, according to USA Today. "We're a team. We are the people of Illinois—we never give up, never surrender. We will prevail."