GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Severe storms swept through the Chicago area packing high winds, rain and hail that toppled trees and power lines, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The storms hit hardest late Sunday about 50 miles north of Chicago, where National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro says there are reports that a tornado touched down near Grayslake.
Castro says the area was hit with winds of up to 60 mph along with hail and lightning. Downed trees and power lines blocked several streets.
Officials in Grayslake say there is a four-to-five mile path of destruction. At least four buildings were significantly damaged, including Grayslake Central High School where part of the roof was blown off.
A tornado warning was issued for the area for about 20 minutes Sunday night, but the sirens never went off in Grayslake. Police say there just wasn't enough time to activate the system.