"Confirmed Large and Very Dangerous Tornado" Lands on Suburbs of Chicago

Carrie Guzman
June 22, 2021

Severe thunderstorms tore through the Chicago area on Sunday night after the National Weather Service said that a "confirmed large and extremely risky tornado" had touched down near Woodridge, a village in IL, causing damage to the area. A total of 130 homes were damaged.

About 30 minutes later, officials in the nearby village of Woodridge said a tornado touched down late Sunday.

The video showed several large trees downed and damage to homes and vehicles.

According to trained meteorologists, Woodridge has reported multiple damages, with debris scattered across Interstate 355 and severe damage to power lines and structures in the suburbs. Some gas leaks were reported in Naperville, and crews went door to door shutting off lines, LaCloche said.

The storm destroyed the second floor of the Woodridge family in Bridget Casey. Her 16-year-old son, Nate, 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.

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The paper said the tornado struck at about 11:11 p.m. on Sunday.

Radar has also shown storm rotations in several other areas outside Chicago, as well as in Hobart and South Haven, northwestern in, according to Friedline. A serious threat was declared at 2 am local time.

The threat of wind damage lasted for hours as the storm line moved across northern IL to northwestern IN, forecasters said.

No fatalities were reported.

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