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Tornado Near Chicago Rated An EF-3

26 Jun 2021, 3:40 am

A powerful line of thunderstorms worked through northern Illinois Sunday night, causing widespread damage and producing a dangerous tornado. Multiple areas of rotation produced tornadic storms along the line from the Chicago suburbs, to northwest Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan.

Just after 11 pm CDT, one of the stronger cells moved through the cities of Naperville and Woodridge. As it passed through town, the National Weather Service in Chicago, IL noticed a tornado debris signature on radar, confirming a touchdown.

Reports of a gas leak and at least three injuries came in from Naperville, IL. Many reports of trees down in neighborhoods from Darien to Addison, IL.

The storms stayed strong as they moved through northwest Indiana. Reports of a roof collapse in South Haven, IN had officials worried about potential injuries.

The National Weather Service in Chicago has rated the Naperville tornado as an EF-3 with peak winds estimated around 140 mph.

This is a preliminary report, and more information is expected soon. For the latest breaking weather, stream WeatherNation 24/7.

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Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the Universit... Load Morey of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.