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Chicago Tornado Warning : Tornadoes ravage Chicago area, leave thousands without power

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Chicago Tornado Warning : Tornadoes ravage Chicago area, leave thousands without power

Chicago Tornado Warning : A tornado touched down Wednesday evening near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, prompting passengers to take shelter and disrupting hundreds of flights. There were no immediate reports of injuries Chicago Tornado Warning.

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A confirmed tornado was on the ground around 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

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“This tornado has been touching the ground intermittently so far and is moving east. There are additional circulations along the line south of O’Hare. Seek shelter if in the warned area,” it said.

Kevin Bargnes, the director of communications for O’Hare and Midway, said there are no reports of damage at either airport.

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By 8 p.m. the weather service said the Chicago forecast area was “currently tornado warning free.” It said the storm was moving east toward Michigan, where tornado warnings were issued.

Video from TV stations showed hundreds of people taking shelter in an O’Hare concourse. Some 169 flights were canceled and nearly 500 were delayed, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware.

The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings for portions of the city Wednesday evening. Tornado sirens sounded at least twice across Chicago, warning people to take cover and ringing through the city’s buildings.

Lynn Becker, a longtime Chicago resident, posted video to Twitter with the sirens sounding out across the city’s iconic skyline.

“There’s a certain panic when you’re watching a TV screen and everything is in red … but the hope is that the damage is minimal,” he said.

Local news outlets said warehouses were reported damaged near O’Hare.

 

Photo of severe weather at Terminal 2 of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Biess)

Photo of severe weather at Terminal 2 of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Biess)

Photo of severe weather at Terminal 2 of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Biess)

The weather service quoted an unidentified emergency manager as saying a roof was blown off in the community of Huntley in McHenry County and a trained weather spotter saying trees were uprooted and roofs blown off in Cook County, where Chicago is located.

Earlier Wednesday, the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center had said there was an enhanced risk for severe weather, including tornadoes in northern Illinois, including Chicago.

 

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