Strong winds whip around a tree outside the Christian Covenant Fellowship on May 8, 2009. The pavilion in the background had just fallen.

The Southern is preparing for a commemorative section on the 10th anniversary of the May 8, 2009, super derecho that hit Southern Illinois.

It was a unique storm many of us will never forget.

We want to hear — and share — your story.

If you would like your story about the derecho or its aftermath to be included in our section, please email your story — no longer than 300 words, please — to alee.quick@thesouthern.com by May 1.

— Alee Quick

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Local news editor

Alee Quick is the local news editor for thesouthern.com, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is a columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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