Five tornado touchdowns Monday night (June 22) in Illinois’ Will, Kankakee, Lee, Grundy and LaSalle counties left behind heavy damage and knocked out power for thousands, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, while across Lake Michigan another tornado struck near Saginaw, Mich., the Saginaw News reported.
Jeff Cross came from Canada to work in Saginaw about a month ago and was living in the Pine Ridge RV Campground when the tornado hit. “It was just a freight train noise,” he said. “I heard a bunch of branches hitting the trailer. I looked out and saw a tree had landed on my neighbor’s RV. I checked on her and she was OK.”
Cross’ neighbor, Danita Cuthbertson of Birch Run, was just camping out and said it could have only been God that saved her. With a tree resting atop of her RV, Cuthbertson said she and her two cats were lucky to be alive.
“I got my keys and gathered my cats and was on my way out the door and there was a big noise,” she said. “I just got on my knees and prayed to God. It felt like it came from under the ground and lifted the RV.”
In Lee County, Ill., authorities told reporters at the scene in Sublette that despite heavy damage and up to 50 downed oak trees across Woodhaven Lakes — a sprawling, 1,600-acre camping resort — only one person was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Four people were treated for injuries at the campground.
Downed trees and debris trapped many people inside their homes and they were forced to wait for removal crews to free them, authorities said. Several power lines were downed in the storm, as well, creating a challenge for crews looking for trapped residents.
“There is just tremendous destruction out there,” said Don Dinges, Sublette’s economic development coordinator. “They are not even able to get through the property to find if there are injuries.”
Dinges said the area was littered with downed trees. “They’ve fallen on trailers,” Dinges said.
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For the Chicago Sun-Times story, click here.