B E L V I D E R E T O R N A D O P R O J E C T
40 years later
It was 3:50 p.m. and it was raining as classes ended and children began crowding out of the almost-new Belvidere High School and ran toward their waiting buses.
Suddenly, the tornado — some said two tornadoes — came churning up from the west, smashing its way through a row of homes along Highland Street.
The storm tore and clutched at the school, breaking almost every window and blasting holes through the roof,
And thus, from out of the gray sky came tragedy. At the high school. eight were dead. Others were near death.
Rockford Register Star
Stories by several reporters, including Rob Baxter, Kevin Haas. An interactive Flash experience developed by Jason Lüebke and myself. Click on multimedia for interactive graphics. Sorry about missing audio files and broken links, nothing lives forever
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