After an evening of severe weather, storm damage and “multiple” tornadoes in northeastern Illinois, the National Weather Service has confirmed the location and speed of at least two of Wednesday’s tornadoes. .
“Our Kane County team confirms a tornado in Elgin with peak intensity EF-1 and peak wind speed of 100 mph,” an NWS tweet read on Thursday. “The trail started roughly east of Highway 47 and ended near the train tracks west of the Villa Olivia golf course.”
NBC 5 Storm team meteorologist Kevin Jeanes reports that the NWS has also confirmed that an EF-0 tornado with a top speed of 85 mph touched down on Wednesday in South Elgin, just south of the path of the EF-1.
Earlier Thursday, the NWS released a preliminary map that showed the approximate damage and study areas, with points marked in South-Central Cook, Kane, Western Will and Northern DuPage counties and said crews would be “out to survey the damage” to determine exactly where the tornadoes tracked.
Wednesday’s total tornado touchdowns have yet to be finalized, according to the NWS, adding that a final tally is expected to be made during the week.
During the storm, the NWS and NBC 5 Storm team confirmed tornado touchdowns, including a “large and extremely dangerous” tornado in southern Cook County moving toward Chicago. About 30 minutes later, the NWS reported a landing near O’Hare International Airport, where more than 300 flights were canceled.
PHOTOS: From Hodgkins to Elgin, severe weather and tornadoes cause major damage in suburbs
In McHenry County, a roof was blown off a house in Huntley, an NWS alert said. In Elgin, at least 20 to 30 homes sustained significant damage, according to the Elgin Fire Department. In Carol Stream, the NWS reported uprooted trees, damage to commercial buildings, blown car windows and more.
Elsewhere, residents of the suburbs recapped what it was like after bad weather ravaged the malls where they shopped.
“It was just everything blowing everywhere,” a witness told NBC Chicago, of the damage to the exterior of a Menard in Hodgkins. “And it was coming from that direction but all of a sudden it was going everywhere, it was blowing everywhere, it was like there was no way to protect yourself from it.”
According to NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman, Thursday should be a calmer day as morning clouds and fog give way to a partly sunny day in the afternoon. And while a slight chance for an isolated afternoon storm remains in the forecast, most areas are expected to remain dry, Roman said.
Temperatures on Thursday are expected to be in the mid-70s to low-80s, Roman adds.
On Friday and into the weekend, however, more chances of rain and storms are expected, according to the NBC 5 Storm team. Additionally, humidity and warmer temperatures are expected to return on Friday.
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