As the National Weather Service continues to issue many tornado warnings in the larger metropolitan region, storm clouds pass over downtown Chicago and the city’s Bronzeville neighbourhood travelling east out over Lake Michigan. On July 12, 2023, Wednesday
Chicago – In the vicinity of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a tornado made landfall on Wednesday night, forcing travellers to seek cover and delaying hundreds of flights. No reports of injuries surfaced right away.
A tornado was detected by the National Weather Service in Chicago around seven o’clock.
“This tornado is now travelling east and has been sporadically impacting the ground. South of O’Hare, there are more circulations along the route. If you’re in the notified region, get shelter,” it advised.
The Chicago forecast area was “currently tornado warning free,” the weather service said around 8 p.m. In Michigan, where tornado warnings were issued, the storm was reportedly travelling east.
Hundreds of people were seen seeking refuge in an O’Hare concourse in television station footage. FlightAware, a flight tracking website, said that 169 flights were cancelled and close to 500 were delayed.
On Wednesday night, the neighbourhood had received two tornado alerts from the National Weather Service. At least two tornadoes hit Chicago, and every time one did, the city’s structures resounded with the loud sirens that warned citizens to seek shelter.
A lifelong Chicago resident named Lynn Becker tweeted a video of the city’s famed skyline being filled by sirens.
I live in a 60-story apartment complex, so my options are rather constrained, he explained. I presume we must enter the building’s interior.
According to Becker, local media outlets covered the storm’s news.
When everything on a television screen is red, “there’s a certain panic, but the hope is that the damage is minimal,” he added.
Warehouses were reportedly destroyed close to O’Hare, according to local news sources.
According to unnamed emergency managers and a professional weather spotter, respectively, trees were uprooted and roofs were blown off in Cook County, which is where Chicago is situated, and a roof was blown off in the village of Huntley in McHenry County.
The Storm Prediction Centre of the meteorological agency had earlier on Wednesday warned that northern Illinois, including Chicago, was at increased danger for severe weather, including tornadoes.
According to the National Weather Service, several 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 from 1855 and 2021.
On April 21, 1967, the worst developed in Cook County’s Palos Hills. The twister caused more than $50 million in damage, 500 injuries, and 33 fatalities as it travelled 16 miles (26 km) across Oak Lawn on the south side of Chicago.