A security camera from a brewery in suburban Woodridge captured the terrifying moment that a tornado ravaged the community on Sunday night.
A Ring Camera at Skeleton Key Brewery captured several minutes of severe weather, with footage first showing lightning in the distance behind dumpsters placed in view of the camera.
The rain begins to fall, the video shows, and as quickly as the first drops can be seen, a downpour begins, with torrential winds whipping the rain almost parallel to the ground at times.
The National Weather Service said on Tuesday that an EF-3 tornado had struck several suburbs, including Naperville and Woodridge, causing winds of 140 miles per hour and damaging more than 200 homes within 20 minutes on the ground.
The tornado destroyed the brewery, ripping the roof off the building and leaving a horrible mess inside.
“I heard the police scan when they said it was’ extreme structural damage at 8102 Lemont Road,” Brewery co-owner Emily Slayton said. “I lost it.”
Slayton is devastated, but says she is thankful that no one was inside the building at the time of the storm. She said her husband and brother had just completed renovations to the building before the tornado hit.
“We had just done an extension. We’ve been working on it throughout COVID, ”said Paul Slayton. “We just opened it in February. Things had finally started to turn and come back, and it was all gone in a day. “
Now the Slaytons are getting a helping hand from the local brewing community as they help the Skeleton Key team move kegs, sell crates of beer, and show their support during a tough time.
“We have so many people here,” said Paul Slayton. “There are people here today who are helping us collect the beer we have. Many of our friends put our beer on tap. It means the world to us.
Another brewer in the area set up an online fundraiser to help, and she raised over $ 70,000 in a single day.
The brewery equipment still appears to be in working order, but it will need to be located in a new building. The Slaytons say they hope to rebuild the facility, but will focus in the short term on keeping their staff well and supported.