Tornado Touches Down Near Chicago O’Hare Airport


A tornado warning was issued for the Chicago area on Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado had landed near O’Hare International Airport.

The National Weather Service advised people in the Chicago area to seek shelter on Wednesday night after a tornado was confirmed to be on the ground near O’Hare International Airport and moving east toward downtown.

“To repeat, a tornado is on the ground,” the Weather Service wrote in an advisory at 7:03 p.m. “TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.”

The Weather Service said that flying debris posed a threat to people outdoors and warned that mobile homes could be destroyed. There was some property damage, but no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, the authorities said.

National Weather Service Chicago, via Twitter

A tornado warning was put into effect until 7:45 p.m. for Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago, Cicero and Evanston, the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

Tornadoes Near Chicago

Locations of tornado sightings or damage reported by trained spotters.

Source: National Weather Service | Notes: Reports are considered preliminary. Data is for the 24 hours starting July 12 at 8 a.m. Eastern, during which updates are being made every 10 minutes.

By Bea Malsky

Another warning had been issued earlier for a tornado near Midway, southwest of Chicago.

A tornado watch was in effect for surrounding counties until 10 p.m.

Judson Jones contributed reporting.


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