At least seven people were reportedly injured after severe storms gave rise to tornadoes across northern Illinois.
Confirmation of a tornado in the town of Sublette in Lee County came in at 8:08 p.m. Monday. Nearly an hour later, another tornado was spotted near Serena in LaSalle County.
Accompanying strong winds downed trees and caused property damage in Lee County. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Schultz said that one person in Woodhaven Association, a private camping resort, sustained serious (but not life threatening) injuries and had to be subsequently taken to the hospital.
Four other people who were “walking wounded” were treated on the scene or refused to be treated, Schultz further added, as reported by ABC News.
Numerous people were trapped inside their homes, waiting for rescue crews to release them. In addition to felled trees and clutters of debris, several power lines downed in the storm as well, creating further difficulties to locate trapped residents.
Sublette’s economic development coordinator Don Dinges said, “There is just tremendous destruction out there. They are not even able to get through the property to find if there are injuries.”
He further said that the trees uprooted in the storm have “fallen on trailers.”
Another tornado sighting was confirmed in Coal City, according to the National Weather Service. Two injuries were reported in the city, Emergency Management Director Joe Schroeder said, according to WGN-TV. However, he could not disclose the details or the extent of the injuries.
Brittany Halliday, daughter of Coal City Mayor Terry Halliday, told the Herald-News that Monday night’s storm had caused significant damage to at least three homes.
She said, “There are some houses that are no longer there. There are (boat) trailers all over the place. It’s just a mess.”
Route 113 east of Route 47 into Coal City was blocked. Heavy traffic jammed Interstate 55 near Coal City exits. There were reports of people being trapped inside structures.
Grundy County Coroner John Callahan told Herald-News that no fatalities had been reported. He said, “There are entrapments and [emergency crews in Coat City] are trying to make their way to different locations. It sounds like Coal City has been hit pretty hard.”
With severe rainfalls that can cause flooding in some places, forecasters say the tornadoes can potential be “explosive” in some parts. The weather service claims there could be a possibility of “a tornado or two.”
According to Chicago Sun-Times, Almost 450 flights were cancelled at the O’Hare Airport. City’s Department of Aviation reported that there was an average delay of 30 minutes to flights as of 1:30 p.m. At Midway Airport, in excess of 60 flights were cancelled.
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