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Very rare tornado anniversary

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Just five years ago on January 7, 2008, an EF-3 tornado tore through parts of Boone and McHenry Counties between 3:30 and 3:48 p.m. Winds were between 136-165 mph and the twister path stretched 13.2 miles.

Hit hardest were the towns of Poplar Grove and Harvard. There were four injuries reported and several homes completely destroyed. Debris that was strewn across melting snow piles made for a bizarre winter sight.

Temperatures reached a record high of 67 degrees that day, but what made this so rare was the time of year it occurred. It was only the second tornado ever reported in the Chicago area during the month of January. The other instance was January 25, 1950 and that tornado touched down in the town of Momence which is in Kankakee County.

Check out the incredible video of a train on the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad as it was struck by the tornado. Twelve cars were derailed including a hazardous material car that led to the evacuation of the nearby town of Lawrence.

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