Residents and videographer capture moment tornado landed in Sycamore – NBC Chicago
Monday’s storms produced several spotted tornadoes in rural Illinois.
As of Monday evening, National Weather Service crews were still monitoring the damage and strength of the storms that left thousands of people without power.
In Sycamore, several homes were damaged by a tornado near Bethany Rd. And Fenstermaker Rd.
Megan Gerwig rushed to her family after receiving alerts on her phone. Before taking refuge in their basement, the family were able to capture the tornado as it approached their house.
“You feel like you’re on a movie set because you’re like I sat there with the dog last night and watched the sunset,” Gerwig said. “We saw the roof of the barn come off. We saw the debris in the air and so we found out.
Gerwig’s house was hit by a tree that damaged the front of her house. Trees and debris nearly a mile away now litter his garden.
His two neighbors were also hit by trees. On Monday morning, neighbors helped each other clean up while awaiting home damage assessments.
The tornado touched down a few hundred yards from videographer Scott Lasker who was filming the storm on Airport Rd.
“I had to struggle a bit to keep the camera steady. It was certainly windy. You felt a pressure, or almost like a suction, you know? Lasker said. “I just had to make a lot of quick decisions. “
As of Monday evening, no one was injured.
ComEd says power has been restored to 2,200 customers in DeKalb County. Although Gerwig tells NBC 5 that she still uses generators for electricity.
To see footage of the tornado that hit Sycamore, be sure to watch the video above.