FAIRDALE, Ill. — Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado that remained on the ground for at least 28.7 miles, a record long path for that part of Illinois — with winds of between 180 and 200 mph.

As residents return to the wreckage to salvage what is left of their homes, it is apparent that cleanup and rebuilding will take months if not years.

Stay tuned for opportunities to lend support to survivors.

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