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Tornado warnings rang out Monday night as storms hit the Chicago area, with winds reaching 90 mph and ripped off the roof of a suburban apartment building.
Although no tornadoes were reported, the strong winds caused damage along the supercell storm’s path from Kane County through Chicago to northwest Indiana.
According to ComEd, more than 53,000 ComEd customers have lost energy, with the Maywood suburb taking the brunt of the blow with 44,000 outages. More than 43,000 were left without electricity on Tuesday morning.
Despite the storm cell’s rotational nature, there have been no confirmed tornadoes, National Weather Service meteorologist Ricky Castro said.
“There may have been a tornado in the northern suburbs, but that’s not something we can say definitively until we can get the crew to inspect the area; it will probably happen on Tuesday, ”Castro said.
Winds blew 84 mph at O’Hare airport and 69 mph at Midway airport, Castro said. A ground stop was ordered to O’Hare by the Federal Aviation Administration.
There have also been reports of hail one inch in diameter.
Thousands of people were shaken by weather service alerts sent to cell phones that said, “Take refuge now in a basement or inner room on the lower floor of a rugged building. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home or in a vehicle, move to the nearest shelter and protect yourself from flying debris ”.
The storm moved through the northern suburbs at around 30mph before turning southeast and picking up slightly in speed before making its way through the city around 7pm, Castro said.
“The warnings came well in advance,” Castro said.
Videos posted on Twitter showed severe damage to a Toyota dealership garage wall in Lincoln Park.
Part of a wall collapsed at the Lincoln Park Toyota dealership at 1561 N. Freemont St., but no one was injured, a spokesperson for the Chicago fire department said.
The city has also received numerous reports of trees being felled, making some roads impassable and covering cars with branches. Accompanying damage was reported, but no injuries from the storm were reported, the fire department spokesperson said.
Strong winds partially ripped off the roof of an apartment building on the western outskirts of Bellwood, displacing 30 families, according to CBS News Chicago. And two planes parked at Schaumburg regional airport were reportedly blown away.
Time also delayed the start time of a Cubs game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field as fans sought refuge in the Friendly Confines.
The storms ushered in the rise in temperatures that are expected to rise in the 1990s on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city has opened its cooling centers as forecasters predict heat rates above 105 degrees.