Chicago tornado: On Wednesday evening, a tornado made landfall close to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, forcing travelers to seek cover and delaying hundreds of flights. There were no reports of injuries right away.
According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, a tornado was present on the ground at about 7 o’clock.
“Along the line, there are more circulations. If you’re in the notified region, get shelter,” it advised.
By 8 o’clock, the meteorological service declared the Chicago prediction region to be “currently tornado warning free.” According to the report, the storm was headed east toward Michigan, where tornado warnings had been issued.
Hundreds of people could be seen seeking refuge in an O’Hare concourse in videos from TV stations. According to the airline tracking service FlightAware, 169 flights were canceled, and close to 500 were delayed.
On Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service issued two Chicago tornado warnings for different parts of the city. At least twice, tornado sirens wailed throughout Chicago, urging residents to seek shelter and resonating through the city’s structures.
A lifelong Chicago resident named Lynn Becker tweeted a video of the city’s famed skyline being filled by sirens.
My alternatives are somewhat constrained because I live in a 60-story apartment complex, he explained.
According to Becker, local media outlets featured news of the storm.
When everything on a television screen is red, “there’s a certain panic, but the hope is that the damage is minimal,” he said.
Warehouses were reportedly damaged close to O’Hare, according to local news sources.
A professional weather spotter reported trees uprooted and roofs blown off in Cook County, where Chicago is located, and an unnamed emergency manager said a roof was blown off in the village of Huntley in McHenry County.
The Storm Prediction Center of the weather agency had earlier on Wednesday warned that northern Illinois, including Chicago, was in increased danger for severe weather, including tornadoes.
According to the National Weather Service, numerous tornadoes have occurred in the Chicago metropolitan region, including three that occurred inside Chicago’s borders. The meteorological service documented 97 strong tornadoes in the Chicago metropolitan region between 1855 and 2021.
On April 21, 1967, the worst formed in Palos Hills, Cook County. According to the meteorological service, the twister caused more than $50 million in damage, killed 33 people, and traversed 16 miles (26 kilometers) through Oak Lawn and the south side of Chicago.