The National Weather Service advised people in the Chicago area to seek shelter 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 alert at 7.03pm « GET COVERED NOW! Move to a basement or inner room on the lowest floor of a solid building.
The Weather Service said the flying debris posed a threat to people outdoors and warned that mobile homes could be destroyed. There was some damage to property, but no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, authorities said.
The video showed a crowd of passengers taking shelter at O’Hare International Airport uploaded to Twitter by a journalist. Trees were downed and a roof was torn off a house in Countryside, a suburb near Midway, southwest of Chicago, on Reported by the local CBS News affiliate. A previous warning for a tornado had been issued in that area.
The last tornado warning for Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, Cicero and Evanston, expired at 7:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service said on Twitter.
And as of 8:21 PM, a tornado in Cook County had been lifted, but remained in effect for some surrounding counties and parts of Indiana until 10 PM
Judson Jones contributed report.