Tornado Outbreak in Illinois: NWS Chicago Identifies 11 Touchdowns Locally, Three in Cook County


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Chicago, IL – A detailed assessment by the National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago has revealed a total of 11 tornadoes from the severe weather outbreak on the night of February 27, 2024. Cook County was notably affected, with three separate tornadoes touching down in South Barrington, Inverness, and Hoffman Estates. The remainder of the tornadoes were spread across several counties, both in Illinois and Indiana, illustrating the broad impact of the storm.

The confirmed tornadoes are as follows: an EF-0 in Compton, Lee County; an EF-0 in Waterman, DeKalb County; an EF-0 spanning Hinckley to Big Rock in DeKalb and Kane Counties; an EF-1 from Sugar Grove to Batavia in Kane County; an EF-0 from Elburn to Campton Hills in Kane County; an EF-1 in Geneva, Kane County; an EF-1 in Gary, Lake County, Indiana; an EF-0 in South Barrington, Cook County; an EF-1 in Inverness, Cook County; an EF-1 in Mundelein, Lake County, Illinois; and an EF-0 in Hoffman Estates, Cook County.

These tornadoes varied in intensity but collectively contributed to a trail of damage across the region. The NWS Chicago will be providing additional details on the path length, path width, and estimated peak wind speeds for each tornado later this evening. The comprehensive survey data, including more nuanced findings of the storm’s impact, will be published on the NWS external website. The announcement underscores the volatility of Midwest weather and the importance of preparedness during tornado season. Residents are advised to remain informed and cautious as recovery efforts continue.


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