89th Anniversary of 1928 Tornado That Killed 14 in Rockford

200 homes and factories were damaged in the devastating tornado.

ROCKFORD - The Rockford Fire Department tweeted out pictures Tuesday morning of the aftermath of the 1928 tornado that killed 14 people in Rockford.

@RockfordFire:

Today we mark the date that a tornado struck Rockford in 1928. This tornado killed 14 and damaged over 200 homes and factories.

According to archives, the tornado actually hit on September 14, 1928. It was among a string of other tornadoes that hit the Midwest that week in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Several major Rockford factories were among the wreckage and were where many of the deaths took place. The tornado reportedly cut a swath 100 to 200 yards wide, hitting mainly the southeastern portion of the city.


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