CHICAGO — Ahead of a potential extreme heat wave this week, the skies erupted in the Chicago area Monday afternoon and evening – prompting several tornado warnings.

The first Tornado Warning was issued for Cook and Kane counties at around 6 p.m. Shortly after, the City of Chicago was involved. Two warnings encompassed the entire city until 7:45 p.m.

Several areas in the city and suburbs reported extensive wind damage and power outages. At this time, there are over 75,000 ComEd customers experiencing outages.

The last Tornado Warning expired at 8:15 p.m. for Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

In Bellwood at 24th and Washington, an apartment complex’s roof was ripped off — leaving all of the residents displaced.

“The wind was heavy, it sounded like a can opener… but like a million times louder,” a resident said. “you heard the swoosh like the air was coming in I heard the young lady from the third floor panic.”

Village officials are waiting on a building inspector to assess the damage and to determine if and when any residents can come back.

Several WGN viewers sent in pictures of downed trees throughout the entire area.

The storm came ahead of an extensive heat wave predicted for the area over the next few days.

Cooling areas are located at six community service centers and will be available Tuesday and Wednesday. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave. 

The oppressive heat and humidity will break as we head towards next weekend.