Several tornadoes reported as severe weather slams greater Chicago area

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Severe weather ripped across the Chicago area and portions of Illinois Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Livingston County in central Illinois where there were reports of damage and power outages in the city of Pontiac.

Pontiac fire officials and the sheriff’s department declined to confirm early reports of damage by high winds to a trailer park. However, Commonwealth Edison spokesman Anita Martinez said trees have brought down power lines in the city.

The outburst of severe weather in central Illinois came as the storm diminished in northern Illinois.

The National Weather Service says it received numerous reports of tornadoes west and southwest of Chicago, adding a survey will be conducted Thursday to determine the number.

Officials in LaSalle County reported minor damage after a tornado touched down Wednesday near the city of Earlville. The weather service also reported a tornado near Amboy in Lee County with no reports of damage.

Martinez said 15,000 people were without power in northern Illinois.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said 325 flights in and out of O’Hare International Airport were canceled and 90-minute delays were report. Airlines at Midway International Airport cancelled about 70 flights, with 60-minute delays.

 

 

The severe weather also forced fans attending the Copa America Centenario soccer game at Soldier Field in Chicago to seek shelter beneath the stands. The game resumed around 10:30 p.m.

 

FULL COVERAGE:  WGN News severe weather blog

 

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