7 tornadoes touched down in Chicagoland area, NWS confirms


Courtesy: News Nation

CHICAGO (News Nation) — The National Weather Service confirmed 7 tornadoes touched down across Chicagoland on Monday, including an EF-1 tornado that hit the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago bringing with it damaging high winds clocking in at 110 mph.

The tornado left behind downed power lines and toppled trees before moving out over Lake Michigan. Chicago’s 311 call center reported 8,859 service requests for downed trees, traffic signal outages and storm-related damage, while 911 received 559 calls regarding downed wires as well.

Investigations by the NWS on Tuesday confirmed both an EF-0 and a EF-1 tornado touched down outside Rockford Monday night, as well as EF-1 tornadoes in Spring Grove, Marengo, Wheaton, Lombard and Rogers Park.

According to the NWS, there were more than 100 severe storm reports in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

ComEd reports nearly 390,000 customers are still without power, that’s down from more than 500,000 Monday night. Nearly 800 crews are working around the clock, and another 1,400 are headed to the region from the east coast. Still, some customers are being told it could be Saturday before power is restored.

This is only the 15th tornado to impact the Chicago city limits since 1855. The most recent includes a 2016 landspout, a weak tornado near Chicago’s Midway Airport and in 2006, a twister touched down near Loyola University’s Campus near Rogers Park.

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