Severe Tornadoes Strike Chicago Suburbs and O'Hare Airport

A series of tornadoes tore through Illinois on Wednesday, causing significant damage to properties and leading to flight disruptions near O’Hare International Airport, located in the suburbs of Chicago.

On Thursday morning, the National Weather Service confirmed via Twitter that multiple tornadoes had occurred between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the previous day. The tornadoes were the result of rotating thunderstorms known as supercells.

While the exact number of tornadoes and their intensities are yet to be determined, the National Weather Service will conduct damage surveys in the coming days to provide an official count and ratings.

Reports indicate that tornadoes were sighted across various areas in the Chicagoland region, including Elgin, Campton Hills, and Arlington Heights. Additional areas affected by the storms include Oswego, Huntley, Carol Stream, and Hodgkins.

Notably, a tornado was confirmed near O’Hare International Airport, leading to the cancellation of over 100 flights and more than 500 delays. Fortunately, neither O’Hare nor Chicago’s Midway International Airport reported any significant storm-related damages.

Cook County also experienced the impact of a tornado, with the National Weather Service confirming its presence in the area on Wednesday evening.

Earlier this year, severe storms struck several Midwestern states, causing widespread damage. In Illinois, a tornado touched down near Springfield, while a storm led to the collapse of a theater roof in Belvedere.

Looking ahead, the current forecast for the Chicagoland area indicates clear weather for the day. However, there is a potential for thunderstorms on Thursday night, continuing into Friday and the rest of the weekend. The National Weather Service warns that some of these storms could be strong, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

As recovery efforts progress and more information becomes available, further updates will provide a clearer picture of the extent of the damage caused by the tornadoes in the affected areas.