Officials: Four Tornadoes Touch Down in Chicago Area on Saturday

The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least four tornadoes touched down in the Chicago area on Saturday, primarily affecting the city’s western suburbs. In addition to these tornadoes, significant damage was caused by straight-line winds.

According to officials, the strongest tornado was recorded near Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. This tornado carved a path through southern Wheaton before entering the Morton Arboretum. On the ground for nearly five miles, this tornado reached maximum wind speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour, classifying it as an EF-0 tornado. Officials noted that it caused minor damage to a local shopping center.

Another EF-0 tornado touched down near Fairview Avenue and 38th Street in suburban Oak Brook. Packing winds of 80 miles per hour, this tornado was on the ground for about a mile. It briefly intensified, causing roof and tree damage in Downers Grove.

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A third tornado was reported near Elburn, with peak winds of 75 miles per hour. This tornado traveled along the ground for approximately two miles and reached a maximum width of 300 yards. Minor tree damage was observed in its wake.

Lastly, a tornado touched down near the Butterfield West subdivision. This tornado caused a narrow corridor of minor tree damage and reached peak wind speeds of 70 miles per hour.

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