Mike Bardou, warning coordination meteorologist, NWS Chicago

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BATAVIA, Ill. -- Meet a hard-working member of the National Weather Service’s Chicago Forecast Office staff who spent days surveying and cataloging the damage inflicted by a swarm of twisters in the Fairdale and Rochelle areas.

Significant tornadoes such as these and the one that struck Coal City and surrounding areas in 2015 are a reminder that the area is not immune to these devastating storms. We all need to have a plan of action when storms approach, especially those that prompt severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings.

Mike Bardou, warning coordination meteorologist for NWS Chicago, outlines a process that everyone can follow to develop their own severe weather response plan and ensure that they are weather aware.

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