Horrific! Husband captures the moment Tornado destroys his house…

…FYI: With sadness, even though this happened in 2015, his wife and next door neighbour died.

The Tornado in this video is the EF-4 that struck Rochelle/Fairdale on the April 2015. Read our recent article on this Tornado here.

In the terrifying video below, watch the moment a powerful Tornado destroys a couple’s house… WHILST HE’S IN IT!!!

As you may have seen, a message appeared at the start of the video. In case you missed it, you can read in full below.

“The video was shot by Mr Clarence “Clem” Schultz from the second story of his home in Fairdale, IL on 9th April 2015. Though Mr Schultz survived, he had a number of very serious injuries. Unfortunately, his wife and next door neighbour died in this event.

PLEASE do not attempt to video or take photos of a Tornado as it approaches your location. Please follow National Weather Service warning advice: “Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows.

If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. It is your life… and your responsibility to protect it.”  

The video was captured by Clem Schultz on the day the Tornado struck – 9th April 2015. It’s suffice to say this video gained a lot of attention.


9th April 2015 Rochelle/Fairdale, IL Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

The EF-4 Rochelle/Fairdale, Illinois (IL) Tornado struck during the April 2015 Tornado event. You can find out more about the event here.

In the videos below, relive the EF-4 Rochelle/Fairdale, IL Tornado that struck on the 9th April 2015.

Lastly, we wanted to share this incredible video of the EF-4 wedge in Rocehlle, IL.

The above video’s description can be read in full below.

“Viewer Tony Nelson was on his way home from Wisconsin last night when he captured this incredible video from southbound I-39.”


Crazy! Motorist captures Rochelle, Illinois Tornado up close

The Tornado in the video was many that struck during the April 2015 Illinois Tornado event. Find out some fast facts about the event at the bottom of the article.

This footage is something! In the video below, watch as a motorist captures the EF-4 Rochelle, Illinois Tornado crosses the road – right in front of him.

The video was captured by Sam Smith on the day the Tornado struck – 9th April 2015. However, a YouTube account under the name ‘Aaron Rooney’ posted the video.

RELATED: Motorist shoots Illinois tornado up close with an iPhone

With that being said, listed below are some fast facts regarding the event:

  • The atmosphere was suitable for severe weather – due to the highly uncharacteristic moisture and instability for early April across the region.
    • A strong low pressure system advanced into this favourable air mass. Combining with robust wind shear, which enabled these potent storms.  
  • Eleven Tornadoes were confirmed across Illinois on the 9th April.
    • Seven Tornadoes struck north central Illinois.
    • Two Tornadoes struck northwest Illinois
    • Two Tornadoes struck central Illinois
  • Six of the Tornadoes that struck north central Illinois formed from one supercell thunderstorm. This includes the strongest Tornado that was a long track EF-41.
    • The above mentioned EF-4 Tornado began near Franklin Grove (Lee County), through the northwest side of Rochelle (Ogle County), across 1-39, through Fairdale (DeKalb County).
      • The Tornado ended south of Belvidere (Boone County – far southern).
    • The EF-4 caused two deaths, both of which were in Fairdale, Illinois. There was a total of twenty two injuries.
  • The potential for severe weather was mentioned in forecast graphics and products as early as the 4th April – which was a Saturday.

1: A Tornado of this scale is quite rare. This was the first EF-4 or stronger Tornado in National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago County Area in twenty five years, since the F5 Tornado that struck Plainfield in 1990…

…This was the first EF-4 Tornado or stronger in Illinois since the two EF-4 Tornadoes that struck on the 17th November 2013 – including the one that struck Washington, Illinois.