Tornadoes Cause Damage in Chicago Metro
December 15, 2022
Source: The Weather Channel
At a Glance:
- Roofs were damaged and car windows blown out.
- Sirens blared in downtown Chicago.
- A ground stop was issued at O’Hare International Airport.
Sirens blared in downtown Chicago as tornadoes roared through the area Wednesday evening, damaging homes and cars and sending passengers at O’Hare International Airport into tunnels for shelter.
A tornado warning was issued for all of Cook County, which includes the Chicago metro, at around 7:20 p.m. ET. The National Weather Service declared it a “particularly dangerous situation,” or PDS, a special status when a tornado is very likely or known to be producing damage.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Roofs were damaged and windows blown out of cars in the La Grange and Countryside areas, also in Cook County, WMAQ-TV reported.
Photos shared on social media by WGN-TV and area storm chasers showed what appeared to be damage to power lines as well as some debris in McCook, on the southwest side of Chicago. One also showed a collapsed building.
Students at the University of Illinois Chicago were told to take shelter. Photos and video posted to social media showed the storm over the city’s skyline.
Two other tornadoes were spotted in the western suburbs of Elgin and Barrington, Illinois.
“The severe weather is a result of an atmospheric disturbance moving through the Great Lakes amid summertime heat and humidity,” weather.com digital meteorologist Jonathan Belles said. “The system is likely to produce more rainfall for flood-battered New England on Thursday.”
The FAA issued a ground stop and passengers took shelter in tunnels at O’Hare International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights were canceled or delayed due to storms during the day. Amtrak also suspended service due to the evening storms.
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