Survivors in Fairdale say they are thankful to be alive

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FAIRDALE, Ill -- Cleanup continues in the wake of a devastating tornado system that barreled through northern Illinois that left two dead and nearly two dozen injured.

Survivors of Thursday's storm are awaiting the go-ahead from authorities to return to their homes and rebuild their lives. In the meantime, they are thankful they are still around to tell their stories of survival.

Bernise Jacobs was home last night and had just put her 3-year-old granddaughter to bed when she knew it was time to take cover.

“You just heard a ‘whoosh’ and we were running for the basement and luckily made it before the sliding glass door blew into our house,” she said. “I've never seen my yard look like this in 23 years.”

Susan Meyer couldn't make it to her basement.

“At the bottom of the stairs, I curled in a ball,” she said. “There was really nowhere to go and the wind was too strong.”

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