Woman killed after storm knocks tree onto Rockford trailer home

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — One person was killed Wednesday after a tree fell on a trailer home on South Main during a severe thunderstorm.

The incident occurred in the Rockford Riverview mobile home park at 2530 S. Main around 10 a.m.

The Winnebago County Coroner confirmed one person, a 55-year-old woman, was dead.

Family members identified her as Joy Gerken in a GoFundMe set up to raise money for her funeral.

Joy Gerken. Courtesy: Jamie Leigh

The Rockford Fire Department said three people were rescued from the home.

The National Weather Service recorded gusts of up to 60 mph during a severe thunderstorm which swept through the northern Illinois region this morning.

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