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PONTIAC, Ill. — Severe weather ripped through the Chicago area and portions of Illinois Wednesday night.

At least seven separate tornadoes touched down, and the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday where they hit:

  • Pontiac: EF2
  • Marseilles to Seneca: EF2
  • Cissna Park: EF1
  • West Brooklyn: EF1
  • Ottawa: EF
  • Troy Grove: EF1
  • Mazon: EF0

Tornadoes and storms caused damage in other towns as well, such as Piper City, Paw Paw, Leland, Earlville, Sheridan, Marseilles, Chatsworth, Troy Grove, Compton and West Brooklyn.


The storms appeared to hit hardest in Pontiac, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, where a tornado ripped through the town off of I-55.

The twister downed trees, power lines and overturned semis.  It also severely damaged a BP and Shell gas station.

According to the fire chief in Pontiac, two children inside a mobile home suffered minor injuries.  No other injuries were reported.

Thousands of soccer fans were forced to seek shelter during a two-hour weather delay in the Copa America semifinal at Soldier Field.

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, ComEd reports 5,700 outages. Wednesday night, 15,000 people were without power.

For the latest weather updates go to Chicago Weather Center.