Freeport, Illinois — August 17, 2017 — Last night at around 7:30 p.m. in Freeport what started off as a call by an area resident into 911 reporting they had spotted a funnel cloud near Bolton road, appears to have turned into a confirmed tornado that touched down damaging at least five homes on the outskirts of Freeport to the west.
Two homes on Stephenson Street and at least three others on Lilly Creek road were damaged during last night’s tornado. Residents report hearing the roar of the tornado, stating it sounded like a train coming though as it passed their homes.
One resident told us he was watching the Cubs game when the storm rolled in. He says he looked outside on his back deck and noticed his grill being flown from one end of his deck to the other. He said he saw branches flying and that his deck furniture was also moving across his deck. He said he didn’t wait around to see what else was happening, he immediately headed to the basement.
Other reports of siding being torn off homes, roof damage, windows being blown out, power outages and power lines down were reported to us by homeowners as well. One woman said she was thankful that no one was hurt.
Here are some photos we took around 4:00 this afternoon of the damage in the area. We will have additional photos to share of what the area looked like directly after the tornado swept through, which we will share with you later.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Stephenson County. One an EF1 that touched down about five miles west of Freeport and the other a EF0 which touched down about 4.5 miles northwest of Freeport. The EF0 tornado had winds of 75 mph. According to records, the largest tornado in the Freeport area was an F3 in 1967 that caused 12 injuries.
Live Video of the home on the north side of Stephenson Street
Live Video of the home on the south side of Stephenson Street
Live Video of the home on the north side of Lilly Creek road
Historical data: http://www.homefacts.com/tornadoes/Illinois/Stephenson-County/Freeport/61032.html