Gallery | Taylorville tornado

By Ben Tschetter, Photographer

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  • Wren Street in Taylorville, Illinois, was one of the hardest-hit streets in Saturday’s powerful storm. More than 500 structures were damaged by the tornado.

  • Mountains of debris show the remains of an old train depot that was destroyed in Saturday’s tornado in Taylorville.

  • Taylorville residents Marie Sheedy and her son Rod Sheedy stand in front of one of their properties, which was destroyed in Saturday’s tornado.

  • An American flag still stands after the Taylorville, Illinois, neighborhood was hit by a powerful tornado over the weekend.

  • Cherished possessions could be seen scattered throughout the streets, including a vintage Gretsch Harmony guitar, handed down to the owner by his grandfather.

  • Heavily damaged automobiles can be spotted throughout Taylorville, Illinois, after the storm on Saturday.

  • Jim Brown of Taylorville, Illinois, stands in front of his home of over 50 years after it was heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado.

  • A building collapses in Taylorville, Illinois, on Wednesday after being hit by a tornado less than four days prior.

  • Countless piles of debris from former houses lined the streets of south Taylorville on Wednesday. The city was hit by a powerful tornado less than four days earlier.

  • Taylorville residents Chris Evans, Rod Sheedy and Brandon Gatton discuss cleanup procedures after their community was hit by a tornado.

  • The interior of a home after being hit by a tornado. After the window was shattered, the contents of the house were thrown about.

  • A building collapses in Taylorville, Illinois, on Wednesday after a tornado passed through the neighborhood less than four days prior.

  • A house remains nearly unrecognizable after being hit by a powerful tornado in Taylorville, Illinois, on Saturday.

  • A large tree was almost completely destroyed by a tornado in Taylorville on Saturday.

  • Many trees in Taylorville were pulled up from the ground, and even uprooted completely after the weekend’s storm.

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