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  • Safe rooms part of Washington tornado recovery Dec 1, 2014 10:37 AM
    A year after a tornado devastated the central Illinois community of Washington, city officials say one in 20 home rebuilding projects include a reinforced safe room. The rooms are designed for enhanced security in case of a disaster, Washington director of planning and developing Jon Oliphant tells the (Peoria) Journal Star. Three people died due to the November 2013 tornado, which damaged more than 1,100 homes in Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. “It’s not necessarily a significant number, but there are definitely more safe rooms than we saw prior to the tornado,” Oliphant said. “People have been trying to have their homes be a little bit safer than what they were before.” The tornado wiped Andrea and Ryan Bowers’ home off its foundation. They weathered the storm with their then 10-week-old daughter and two dogs in their basement where they were partially buried under debris. The Bowers have decided to add a safe room to the basement of their new home. “For me, personally, the safe room is vital to my healing,” Andrea Bowers said. “To lose almost everything you had, and so quickly, is to completely lose your sense of security in the very place you once felt the most secure. Hopefully we don’t ever need (the safe room), but there is peace of mind just knowing it is there.” Andrea Bowers said the room’s extra cost extends beyond her family’s ownership of the new house. “Maybe we’ll never need it, and probably this won’t be the last house we own,” Andrea Bowers said. “But if we sell it to someone else down the line, we’ll know we’re passing down a house that’s as safe as it can be and maybe that will be a comfort to the family that buys it.”

  • Meteorologists: Cuomo’s weather claims are all wet Nov 29, 2014 2:07 PM
    Don Paul, chief meteorologist at WIVB-TV in Buffalo, wrote that “Cuomo’s attempt to scapegoat the National Weather Service for an inaccurate forecast in advance is not only completely in error — the NWS did an outstanding job — but is a disservice to the public and to the hardworking staff of this federal agency.”

  • Cold complicates Illinois duck hunting Nov 24, 2014 4:41 PM
    A mid-November cold snap has brought an early end to the duck hunting season for many participants in north central Illinois.

  • Images: Monday’s Slushy Snow Nov 24, 2014 5:24 PM
    See snow in the suburbs of Chicago on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

  • Suburbs see slight snow accumulation Nov 24, 2014 7:43 PM
    Gusting winds and small snow accumulations Monday afternoon created some delays at airports and a smattering of crashes throughout the suburbs, including two in Gurnee that sent nine people to area hospitals.

  • Storms raise hope in California drought Nov 22, 2014 5:27 PM
    Warm weather means the Sierra Nevada mountains were getting rain, not snow, on Saturday, although a couple of inches of snow blanketed the mountains during one of the storms earlier in the week, said Robert Baruffaldi of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is critical to the year-round water supply in California, where a Mediterranean-style climate concentrates rain in the winter, with dry summers. As of early this month, Sierra snowpack stood at roughly 20 percent of normal, and Baruffaldi noted the season had yet to bring a big snowstorm to the mountains.

  • Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo Nov 22, 2014 9:53 AM
    After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees.

  • The Soapbox Nov 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors give their views on topics including generous hockey players, a new dog park and a remorseful elected official.

  • Freezing rain overnight, more rain and heavy winds Saturday Nov 21, 2014 8:15 PM
    Freezing rain is expected to hit the suburbs overnight, with an advisory lasting until 9 a.m. Then expect more rain through mid-afternoon as well as bigger wind gusts -- but warmer temps.

  • Images: Keeping Your Dogs and Cats Warm Nov 19, 2014 2:53 PM
    It's November and it's starting to get very cold outside. We asked readers how they keep their pets warm and dry in this weather. Here's a photo gallery showing how they keep their dogs and cats warm.

  • Final gap filled in Levee 37 along Des Plaines River Nov 19, 2014 5:00 PM
    Mount Prospect Public Works Director Sean Dorsey announced this week that the final gap in Levee 37 along the Des Plaines River has been completely and permanently filled. The $30 million project began in March 2009.

  • What's your one word for this cold weather? Nov 19, 2014 12:59 PM
    With this recent round of unseasonably cold weather, we wondered what one word you would use to describe the conditions. Photojournalist Bob Chwedyk hit the streets to find out what your word would be.

  • Illinois opens warming centers for frigid weather Nov 17, 2014 5:46 PM
    The state of Illinois has opened more than 100 warming centers as temperatures fall. Illinois Tollway oases also are available 24 hours a day, every day as Chicago-area warming centers.

  • Images: Washington, IL tornado, November 17, 2013 Nov 17, 2014 1:47 PM
    One year ago today, November 17th, 2013, an EF4 tornado ripped through Washington, IL killing three and damaging over 1,000 homes. Here's a look back at photos from that day and week.

  • Illinois marks anniversary of deadly tornadoes Nov 17, 2014 6:42 PM
    From memorial services to dedications, residents and elected officials marked the one-year anniversary Monday of deadly tornadoes that tore through central and southern Illinois, leaving more than half a dozen people dead and destroying numerous homes and businesses. Among the hardest hit was the central Illinois community of Washington, where more than 1,000 buildings were destroyed and three people died.

  • Cold will linger throughout the week, meteorologists say Nov 17, 2014 6:25 PM
    A weather system bringing in the coldest air of the season into the region also is expected to deliver a massive lake-effect snowfall east of the Great Lakes.

  • Lisle to receive nearly $2.9 million for flood relief Nov 15, 2014 12:05 AM
    Lisle will be able to purchase 13 houses that regularly flood and elevate six others, thanks to a nearly $2.9 million federal grant. Mayor Joe Broda said the village applied for the grant in response to widespread flooding in April 2013. On Friday, he said it was “fabulous” to get the grant money. “It's going to give us the opportunity to move forward and purchase those homes,” Broda said.

  • Indiana county seeks volunteers for winter response help Nov 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    A rural northeastern Indiana county has issued a callout for volunteers with vehicles that travel well in snow and ice.

  • Unseasonably cold temps to sweep through suburbs Tuesday Nov 10, 2014 8:51 AM
    Enjoy Monday’s mild weather while you can, the National Weather Service has predicted unseasonably cold temperatures throughout the Chicago area for the rest of the week. According to the Weather Service’s Chicago office, a cold front will sweep across the region on Tuesday and bring unseasonably cold temperatures through the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

  • Polar vortex comes back next week Nov 7, 2014 5:22 AM
    “Polar vortex” — two words that sent Chicagoans hiding under the blankets last winter — might creep back into the weather forecast next week as cold temperatures are predicted to hit, and stay for most of the week.

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