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Debris from Washington, Ill showing up in western suburbs

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT

Days after a massive storm system tore through the Midwest, residents of Chicago's western suburbs are finding little reminders of the devastation the storms caused along their path.

The reminders have arrived in the form of torn checks, vehicle titles and address labels; picked up as far away as Washington, Ill and dropped from the sky into the yards and driveways of residents in Bolingbrook, Brookfield and Stickney.

The storm system that hit the Midwest on Sunday produced dozens of tornadoes. And just as old newspapers are whipped up by a strong wind and carried down the street, the same thing is happening now, only on a larger scale, according to experts.

"An EF4 tornado creates very strong winds," Charles Mott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said of the tornado that stuck Washington. "It's fairly common for this stuff to appear again very far away."

Washington is located roughly a hundred miles from the western suburbs, Mott said, but as the tornado sucks up everything in it's path, lighter items will get thrown high into the sky, only to come down again, sometimes many miles from the original location.

On Tuesday, Stickney police reported a resident found the title for a vehicle registered to a resident of Washington in their driveway.

"It's amazing that it ended up it this far [away]," said Richard Jaczak, deputy chief of police in Stickney.

Jaczak said police would be filing a found property report and then trying to get the title back to its owner.

In Bolingbrook, a Suburban Life reader on Facebook reported finding a check from a resident of Washington in her driveway when she opened her garage door in the morning.

And for one resident of Brookfield, finding the address of a man in Washington in her front yard really made the tragedy of those who lost everything hit home.

"I came home from work [Tuesday] and my dad was raking leaves in the front yard," Brookfield resident Monica Nawrot said. "He bent over and picked up a piece of paper – it was from Washington – it was mailing address labels.

"It's just terrible, what happened to those people," Nowrot said. "I want to write him a letter and see how is. Maybe I could help. I want to know if he's OK."

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