Diamond, Coal City begin long road of repair and recovery

A tornado 600 feet wide carved a path miles wide through the small towns of Coal City and Diamond, Illinois Sunday, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. It tore through in a matter of 11 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.  No deaths were reported.

A curfew was imposed for a second night due to residents’ fear of looting.

The Red Cross is standing by at a high school-turned shelter.

The EF2 tornado turned homes inside the Diamond Estates subdivision into matchsticks. The aftermath more like a move set with some houses resembling dollhouses.

In a matter of minutes, 100 structures in all were battered and tossed by the rare November tornado. Residents though are refusing to feel defeated by the loss and instead focusing on what they have rather than what is gone.

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