The Sirens Rang
Last night in Elmhurst, and many neighboring towns, the tornado warning sirens rang and rang and rang. That meant only one thing: time to get the camera. The wind blew through pretty strong and then there was a short, heavy rain, which forced me to take refuge under some cover for a little bit. After that I ventured into the silent, dark apocalypse. There was barely anyone out on the streets except city workers and police. The power was down throughout the entire town.
I was running around with a 5DMKII, 16-35mm 2.8L, tripod, remote, flashlight and an aquatech cover for the camera. I drove through some of the residential areas to grab some shots of downed trees, but there was better light in town where most of the workers were at. The flooded underpass, the debris covers train tracks and parked cars unfortunate enough to have half a tree land on them.
It was an interesting night for sure, but nothing to be happy about. People are without power, property damage and maybe even injury. But it could have been a lot worse. Looking at the storms wrecking other parts of the country, and the world for that matter, the Northwest suburbs of IL got off kinda easy… More to come.