Local

Video: Palm Sunday Tornado: Mark Eckel

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.”

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.