Chaos struck Central Illinois on Nov. 17, 2013, as more than a dozen twisters descended from the sky. Tazewell County was hit hardest statewide, as a half-mile vortex with 190-mile-per-hour winds ripped through the city of Washington. Entire neighborhoods in Washington were leveled, with some homes swept clean from their foundations. Overall, more than a 1,000 homes and businesses were flattened or severely damaged. Loss of life was limited to three tornado-related deaths, but the physical and psychological scars are just now starting to heal.
On the one-year anniversary, WTVP will premiere a new special that follows recovery efforts throughout the past year, looks at the lessons learned in the aftermath of the storm and reveals the struggles and triumphs of a community trying to rebuild. November 17th: Finding Strength After the Storm, will air Monday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. on WTVP, the first anniversary of the storm.
Viewer discretion is advised as the program features video and audio of the storm.