The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down near Ashton just after 6:45 p.m. tonight.

Among the structures suffering severe damage was Grubsteakers Restaurant along Route 64 in Rochelle. The following video was captured near that area.

I took this at 6:55pm as I left the Grubsteakers restaurant at the corner of 251 and 64...glad I left when I did.

Posted by Chad Michael on Thursday, April 9, 2015


The NWS indicated the storm traveled northeast through the area. This photo was taken shortly after near Cherry Valley.

Scot Bertram, Townsquare Media

Ashton is about 7 miles west of Rochelle.