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A reported tornado has damaged a semi-trailer on Interstate 72 Monday afternoon in central Illinois as a line of storms rumbled across parts of the state.

A storm spotter reported seeing a twister cross the freeway near Alexander, said Alex Erwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Central Illinois.

Another spotter reported seeing a tornado about 3:30p.m. near Roodhouse, southwest of Springfield.

A line of thunderstorms was moving quickly Monday afternoon through that part of Illinois. The weather service has not yet confirmed the reports of tornadoes, Erwin said.

A tornado watch was issued for portions of north central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana as part of storms that also moved through the region.

“There have been indications of mini-supercell structures embedded in the showers at times which could result in funnel clouds or even brief tornadoes,” the weather service’s Chicago office said on its website.

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Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage

CHICAGO: A radar-confirmed tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said.
At least five people, including a woman who was listed in critical condition, were hospitalized in Naperville, where 16 homes were left "uninhabitable" and dozens of other homes were damaged when a reported tornado touched down after 11 pm Sunday, said city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche.
More than 120 other reports of property damage had been received by 5 a.m. Monday in the city about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Chicago and those were expected to grow as residents surveyed the storm damage, she said. About 450 power outages were reported.
"We're lucky that it wasn't worse," LaCloche said Monday morning. "We have a lot of utility poles and electrical wires down, and tree damage."
Video showed several large trees downed and damage to homes and vehicles in the path of the storm. Some gas leaks were reported in Naperville, and crews went door to door shutting off lines, she said.
Officials in the nearby village of Woodridge said a tornado touched down late Sunday and a damage assessment was underway. There were no reports of significant injuries in the community, but people were urged to avoid the area due to downed power lines and trees.
The storm destroyed the second floor of Bridget Casey's Woodridge home. She sat in a lawn chair in the driveway before sunrise Monday. Her son, Nate Casey, 16, said he was watching TV when the storm swept through and he raced to help his mother get his three younger siblings to the basement.
"I just heard a loud crash and I'm thinking, 'Oh, what are my brothers up to?' I go look and I see the sky, and then I hear my brothers screaming from the room," he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Servicein Romeoville, Illinois, said a team from the weather service would be surveying storm damage Monday to determine the reported tornado's strength and its path. He said the same storm is believed to have rolled through Naperville, Woodridge and Darien, and may have also caused damage in Burr Ridge, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Chicago,
"If there were no fatalities and there haven't been any reported to us _ that's great news considering the population of the area, the level of damage and the time of day, after 11 p.m. when many people may be asleep," he said.
Radar had also showed storm rotation over several other areas of suburban Chicago, and also in northwestern Indiana in the Hobart and South Haven areas, Friedlein said.
The threat of wind damage remained for a few hours as the line of storms moved over northern Illinois and into northwestern Indiana, forecasters said. The severe threat was declared over at 2 a.m. local time.
Late Sunday and early Monday, severe thunderstorms also brought gusting winds and drenching rains to parts of Michigan. And in Missouri, a thunderstorm with strong winds whipped through parts of the state late Sunday and early Monday _ knocking down trees and power lines.


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Severe weather rips through Chicago area Monday evening

CHICAGO  — The severe weather threat across the Chicago region has ended.

A Tornado Watch issued for several Chicago area counties expired at 9 p.m.

Counties included Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties in Illinois. And in Indiana Benton, Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for DeKalb and LaSalle counties until 7:45 p.m.

A Flood Advisory has also been issued for portions of Cook County in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana until 8:45 p.m.

A Tornado Warning had been issued for LaSalle County earlier in the night. That has since expired.

The weather has forced the Chicago White Sox to postpone their playoff game until Tuesday.

Air quality is Moderate around Chicagoland. Winds: S/SW 15-25 with gusts to 40. High 80, upper 70s by the lake. 

Showers taper overnight. Winds: SW 10-20, G35 mph. Low 59.

Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center

Tuesday is set to be partly cloudy and pleasant. Cooler temps, but still above normal. High 72.

Extended outlook calls for dry weather to continue for the first part of Wednesday. Highs stay a touch cooler in to the 70s, which is still well above the normals in the mid 60s. Next rainy period looks like Wednesday evening into Thursday. A shift towards cooler seasonally normal October temperatures but mostly dry conditions by next weekend. Normal high/low: 65/47  

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Chicago weather: Tornado watch issued for most of northern Illinois

A tornado watch has been issued for the Chicago area until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Ottawa, Streator and Pontiac have a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:45 p.m. with wind gusts to 70 mph, according to the weather service.

Most of northern Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana were covered by the tornado watch, forecasters said. A marine warning for possible water spouts was briefly in effect during the afternoon as thunderstorms rolled across areas including Winthrop Harbor, Wilmette Harbor, Northerly Island and Calumet Harbor.

A person crosses the street in the Edgewater neighborhood as a storm system passes through the Chicago area on Oct. 11 2021.

Earlier, Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the White Sox and the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field, scheduled for Monday afternoon, was called off.

There were showers off and on through Monday afternoon that held the potential for funnel clouds or tornadoes. After 4 p.m. on Monday, there was the possibility of hail, heavy winds and tornadoes, with the storm moving north at a rate of 50 mph.

The last line of thunderstorms are down towards Bloomington and central Illinois and will be moving north between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The bulk of it will be during the afternoon and evening hours and then begin to kind of taper off overnight,” said Jake Petr, a weather service meteorologist. “We should be dry for most of tomorrow and then tomorrow night with another chance for some showers and thunderstorms again on Wednesday.”

Tree debris on the ground after a storm system passed through the area in the Sheridan Park neighborhood on Oct. 11 2021, in Chicago.

The Sox-Astros game will be made up at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The biggest concern is that winds could evolve into a tornado, of which Petr said forecasters “can’t rule out with any of these storms.”

Petr recommends people have a reliable way to be alerted to a tornado watch or warning, such as a weather radio.

Temperatures will remain relatively warm for October over the next several days. Monday the high temperature is forecast in the mid- to high 70s with a little dip into the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rain is likely to be widespread Monday and Wednesday. Precipitation is forecast at anywhere between an inch to a ½-inch over Monday, although some pockets in Chicagoland may see more or less.

“That’ll be good to keep things working in that sense, we’ve been so dry a lot of this year,” Petr said.


Tornado chicago news

Severe weather hit Illinois and Indiana on Monday afternoon and into the evening hours, with a brief tornado touching down in LaSalle County.

Here are the latest weather headlines from around the Chicago area:

9:22 p.m. Severe Weather Hits Chicago Area, With Wind Damage and Heavy Rain Reported

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rains and gusty winds to parts of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana on Monday, sparking several warnings in the process.

A tornado watch that had been issued for the Chicago area and part of northwest Indiana until 9 p.m. Monday was allowed to expire, according to the National Weather Service.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the afternoon, including in LaSalle, Grundy and DeKalb counties. Those storms produced a brief tornado, which apparently touched down in western LaSalle County and was only on the ground for 30-to-45 seconds.

8:43 p.m. Brief Tornado Reported in LaSalle County During Severe Weather Outbreak

Trained weather spotters in LaSalle County say that a tornado briefly touched down on Monday evening during an outbreak of severe weather.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado touched down in near Troy Grove, a village in the western portion of the county, at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The tornado touched down briefly, for 30 to 45 seconds, before lifting off the ground, according to officials.

7:52 p.m. Tornado Watch Canceled in Select Counties

A tornado watch set to remain in effect until 9 p.m. has been canceled for LaSalle and Grundy counties, according to the National Weather Service.

The watch remains in effect for McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will and Kankakee counties, according to a new alert.  

7:15 p.m.: Tornado Warning Canceled

A storm capable of producing a tornado moved out of the affected area, leading the National Weather Service to cancel the tornado warning.

6:50 p.m.: Tornado Warning Issued for Part of LaSalle County

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of LaSalle and Lee counties in Illinois until 7:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the warning was issued for south-central Lee County and northwestern LaSalle County, as a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado drifts to the northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Doppler radar has indicated rotation within the storm, which is located over Mendota as of 6:52 p.m.

Interstate 39 between mile markers 71 and 73 is in the warned area, which is comprised mainly of rural areas in the affected counties.

6:45 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for LaSalle, DeKalb Counties

A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for several counties in northern Illinois, including parts of LaSalle and DeKalb counties, until 7:45 p.m.

The warning includes eastern Lee and Ogle counties, along with northern LaSalle County and all of DeKalb County, per the National Weather Service.

A line of storms is moving toward the north at 35 miles per hour. The line extends from Sublette to Mendota and to Ottawa.

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are possible, which could cause damage to roofs, siding and trees.

6:18 p.m.: What's the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning?

During times of severe weather, the National Weather Service uses a variety of notifications to alert residents to potentially hazardous conditions, but the two main tools that they use are watches and warnings. NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist Brant Miller explains the difference between the two.

5:59 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled in LaPorte County

The National Weather Service has announced the severe thunderstorm warning for LaPorte County has been canceled.

5:46 p.m.: “Short-Lived Rotation” Reported in Storms Impacting LaSalle, Grundy Counties

The National Weather Service says it is monitoring potential rotation inside of severe thunderstorms impacting central Illinois, saying that tornado warnings are possible if that rotation continues to develop.

According to a social media post, “short-lived rotation” is being observed within the storms, which led to a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of Livingston, Ford, LaSalle and Grundy counties on Monday afternoon.

Residents are being urged to move indoors, and to prepare for wind gusts that could hit up to 70 miles per hour.

5:38 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for LaSalle, Grundy Counties

A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for several counties in central Illinois, as the second round of severe weather is starting to fire up.

According to NWS, the warning was issued for Livingston and Ford counties, along with central LaSalle County and suothern Grundy County.

The warning will expire at 6:45 p.m.

As of 5:35 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near El Paso to near Bloomington to near Weldon, moving toward the northeast at 40 miles per hour.

Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible with the storms, which could impact Ottawa, Streator, Peru, Seneca, Gardner and North Utica.

5:35 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued in LaPorte County

Earlier thunderstorm warnings were canceled in Newton and Jasper counties, but LaPorte County is now under a warning until 6:15 p.m. Central time.

The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm cell is located near Koontz Lake, moving toward the northeast at 60 miles per hour.

The storm is packing wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. Considerable tree damage is expected, along with damage to mobile homes and outbuildings.

4:53 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued in NW Indiana

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Newton, Jasper and Porter counties in northwest Indiana until 5:45 p.m. Central time.

As of 4:49 p.m., severe storms were located along a line extending from Rensselaer to Hanging Grove, moving to the north at 50 miles per hour.

The cities of Portage, Valparaiso, Demotte, Lakes of the Four Seasons, Ogden Dunes and Beverly Shores are all among those that could be impacted.

The storms are packing wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, and heavy rains and lightning are also possible.

4:30 p.m.: Heavy Rains Could Cause Reduced Visibility, Difficult Travel Conditions for Commute

Motorists are being advised to use extra caution and to increase following distance as heavy rains hammer the Chicago area during rush hour.

According to the National Weather Service, the heavy rains are part of the first wave of showers and thunderstorms expected to hit the region Monday.

Those showers could cause heavy downpours, reducing visibility and leaving roadways partially covered with water.

Motorists are urged to use caution while driving, increasing following distance when necessary.

A second wave of storms is expected to hit the area in the late afternoon and early evening hours, with severe storms and even isolated tornadoes possible.

3:47 p.m.: ComEd Positioning Crews, Equipment Ahead of Severe Weather

Utility company ComEd says that it is positioning additional crews and equipment throughout the Chicago area ahead of forecasted severe weather that could hit the region on Monday afternoon.

According to the company, wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour and torrential downpours are possible, which could cause power outages in communities that the utility serves.

The company says that customers can text the word OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report outages and to receive restoration information. Customers can also call 1-800-EDISON1, or report outages via the company’s website.

If residents see downed power lines, they are asked to call ComEd at the above phone number. Residents are urged never to touch downed power lines, and to always assume that lines are dangerous and energized.

Residents are also asked not to approach ComEd workers to inquire about power restoration updates, as crews are practicing social distancing. The immediate areas surrounding crews could also be hazardous, the company says.

3:12 p.m.: Tornado Watch Issued for Northern Illinois, NW Indiana

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch is now in effect for most of northern Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana until 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

The watch includes McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties in Illinois, as well as Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in northwest Indiana.

Most of central Illinois, including Springfield and Champaign, will also be impacted by the watch.

The National Weather Service says that isolated tornadoes are possible as thunderstorms develop in the afternoon and early evening hours, along with gusty winds of up to 70 miles per hour and ping pong ball-sized hail in some locations.

Frequent lightning and heavy downpours are also possible with the storms, which are expected to move in from the southwest and toward the northeast at up to 50 miles per hour.

2:02 p.m.: Wind Gust in Excess of 60 MPH Reported in LaSalle County

Ahead of strong-to-severe thunderstorms that are expected to develop in the area on Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported a substantial wind gust in LaSalle County.

According to a trained weather spotter at Peru Airport, a gust of 63 miles per hour was recorded at 2:02 p.m.

Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible with storms that are expected to develop in the area Monday afternoon and into the evening hours, moving from the south toward the northeast.

1:45 p.m.: Two Rounds of Storms Expected to Develop This Afternoon, Evening

According to the National Weather Service, two rounds of thunderstorms are expected to hit northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, with the second round this evening bringing the potential for strong winds, large hail and even isolated tornadoes.

In the first round, expected to last until approximately 4 p.m., showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop and expand their coverage over northeast Illinois.

Some of those storms could yield brief funnel clouds or tornadoes, but it's unclear how strong those tornadoes would become.

The main event will come in the second round of severe weather, expected to begin around approximately 4 p.m.

Another band of showers and thunderstorms will sweep across the area, moving from the south to the north.

Heavy rain, strong winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible with these storms, which are expected to finish moving through the region around 8 p.m.

LIVE: Naperville officials give update on tornado damage, aid

At least seven tornadoes touched down during a harrowing three-hour period Monday evening, destroying a barn in Sycamore and downing trees throughout the far northwest suburbs, but there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries, according to the National Weather Service.

Dangerous conditions persisted Tuesday with the chance of more thunderstorms that could spawn additional tornadoes, while the heat index was expected to make it feel as hot as 110 degrees, officials warned. A heat advisory was in place because of “dangerously hot temperatures and humid conditions” with the potential to lead to an increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, according to the weather service.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a line of thunderstorms hit Chicago.

Hail is unlikely due to the heat and “the idea of a tornado is possible. That’s not the biggest concern tonight, though,” Lenning said.

A bolt of lightning is seen as a storm rolls through downtown Chicago on Aug. 10, 2021.

There was a threat of flash flooding after potential thunderstorms and torrential downpours after midnight in areas south of Interstate 80, the weather service website said.

Tuesday’s high temperature reached 93 degrees around 2:37 p.m. at O’Hare International Airport.

Another heat advisory will be in place on Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m., Eric Lenning, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Tuesday evening. Wednesday’s high temperature in Chicago is expected to reach 91, but the heat index could make it feel around 105, Lenning said.

He said people should stay inside, especially in the afternoon, and avoid the extreme heat.

“The thing that’s gonna affect the most people over the next day is the heat again tomorrow,” Lenning said. “So, you know, we don’t want to see anyone getting sick from the heat. We don’t want to see anyone having medical issues. It’s the type of heat that if you’re not careful, heat can kill people.”

In response to the high temperatures, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications announced locations of cooling centers across Chicago in a news conference Tuesday.

The following community service centers will operate as cooling centers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, according to Executive Director Richard Guidice: Englewood, Garfield, King, North Area, South Chicago and Trina Davila.

People can go to Garfield Community Service Center to get connected to shelter after hours.

In addition, senior centers, libraries and Chicago Park District facilities across the city will operate as cooling centers during regular hours of operation. Face coverings will be required at cooling centers.

“We urge residents to take extra efforts to check on their neighbors during extreme heat especially if they are seniors, families with young people, people with special needs, or living alone,” Guidice said.

Residents are advised to wear light and loose clothing, limit time outdoors and stay hydrated by drinking water and natural juices and avoiding alcoholic beverages, coffee and sodas, according to Brandie Knazze, the commissioner of the Department of Family and Support Services.

Residents can call 311 or visit to locate cooling centers nearby.

People can register for Notify Chicago, the city’s extreme weather notification system, at

The seven tornadoes that hit Monday were confirmed through a combination of photos, videos and reports from trained weather spotters, said Rafal Ogorek, a meteorologist at the weather service. That number can grow to about nine or 10 as crews continue to assess the storms from Monday night, Lenning said.

The confirmed tornado touchdowns were:

  • Near the Esmond area, right along the border of Ogle and DeKalb counties, northwest of the city of DeKalb, between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
  • South of Kirkland
  • North of Creston, south of Esmond, also near the Ogle and DeKalb County line
  • Burlington, in northwest Kane County, around 5:30 p.m.
  • In or near Sycamore in DeKalb County after 6 p.m., which “possibly lasted all the way until 6:30 or 6:45,” Ogorek said. “There might have been multiple touchdowns.”
  • Near Paw Paw in southeast Lee County around 6 p.m.
  • The town of McHenry in McHenry County 4:45 p.m. “It was just a very, very short tornado, just about a minute long,” Lenning said.

The tornado that touched down just outside Sycamore city limits was likely the most significant, Ogorek said. It caused damage between Bethany and Barbara Green roads and from Fenstermaker Road to Airport Road, according to Sycamore Deputy Fire Chief Art Zern.

“About half a dozen houses and several outbuildings, like storage buildings and barns, were damaged,” Zern said. “Nobody was injured, so that’s good news. Everybody made it to their basements in time after outdoor warning sirens went off in the area.”

Ogorek said the height of severe weather season in northern Illinois runs most of the summer, from May to August. He said it’s not surprising the area had tornadoes touch down almost exactly a year apart.

“The specific dates may be a coincidence, but it’s not exactly unusual to get multiple tornadoes in August,” he said.

Thunderstorms and warm and humid conditions are expected to continue through the week with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s through Thursday. Cooler and less humid conditions are expected by the weekend, with temperatures falling slightly to the lower to mid-80s Friday, according to the weather service’s website.


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The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until Monday night as a line of storms moves over the Chicago area.

The watch will be in effect until 9 p.m. as a system capable of producing a “few” tornados rolls through northern Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana, the weather service said.

Winds could gust up to 70 mph as the brunt of the storms hit Monday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated hail the size of ping-pong balls is also possible.

Rain will start in the late morning and storms will grow in intensity throughout the day, the weather service predicted.

“Some severe storms are possible, especially in the afternoon into the early evening, and may be capable of producing damaging winds, hail and even isolated tornados,” the weather service said in its advisory.

Temperatures will rise to the upper 70s Monday and continue to hit the 70s throughout the mid-week. There’s another chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday.


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