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19 devastating tornadoes struck Illinois in 1967

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The tornado that ravaged the suburbs of Oklahoma City left at least 24 people dead, including 9 children as of Tuesday at noon. That number is expected to rise as rescue crews search the rubble and families identify the victims.

President Obama made a statement regarding the devastation and how the federal government would help the people of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning.

Every time a tornado makes news, the local public cannot help but think about what happened in this area, back in 1967. A destructive storm system hit the southwest suburbs 46 years ago.

A round of severe thunderstorms moved through northern Illinois in 1967, and triggered an outbreak of 19 tornadoes.

A violent F-4 twister ripped through the town of Belvidere around 4 p.m. that day, killing 24 people. Another twister hit the town of Palos Hills around 5:30 p.m. and moved on to Oak Lawn. That twister left 33 people and over 1,000 injured.

A tornado struck without warning in southwest suburban Plainfield in 1990, killing 29 people and injuring nearly 400 people. The F-5 storm touched down on a Tuesday afternoon on Aug. 28. Plainfield, Crest Hill and parts of Joliet were declared disaster areas.

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