Mark Eckel, then 11, was at his Devonshire Drive, house in the Colby subdivision of Crystal Lake, when the Palm Sunday tornado hit his subdivision on April 11, 1965. He recalls the storm coming in and how his family weathered the tornado in their damaged home, his brother’s near-miss in a neighbor’s garage and the devastation in the subdivision.
“By the time we’d come into the house it had hit. So here we are in the foyer, we’re sitting ducks, we just got as low as we could and prayed.”
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