Severe Weather Sunday

Overcast Sunday, and the Storm Prediction Center issued warnings of severe weather Sunday night—thunderstorms, damaging winds, possible tornadoes for Illinois, including Dekalb County and Cook County.

A wall cloud was spotted in DeKalb Illinois around 9:30 pm. Wall clouds have potential to produce tornadoes.

The warnings moved south with the gathering storm. Tornado sirens went off in Oak Park, Berwyn and Cicero at around 11 pm. I headed to the basement with my laptop, notebook, weather radio and shoulder bag.

There was thunder, lightning and torrential rain!

At around the same time, a tornado was spotted in Woodridge, Il, not far from Plainfield, where a tornado had touched down years before.

Woodridge, Naperville and Darien were hardest hit by what appears to be an EF-3 tornado. The damage was extensive. There were injuries reported, but thankfully no fatalities.

Severe weather warnings are serious. Tornadoes are very dangerous. They can and do occur in populated areas, and often at night, when visibility is poor. People are more vulnerable, too–Many are asleep, barefoot in pajamas.

Were some awake, like me, awaiting the arrival of the summer solstice at 10:31 CDT?

Summer is severe weather season. That means tornadoes, flooding, fires and hurricanes.

The third named storm of the hurricane season, Tropical Storm Claudette, has caused 12 deaths in Alabama, and is forecast to move up the southeast coast.

Please pay attention to the warnings. Now is the time to stay weather-aware, and be prepared!

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  • At about a 11 p.m.I started to track it in Oak Lawn. Before the downpour there were many flashes of lightning without any thunder that I could hear. Must have been a good distance away, I figured.
    The warning on my phone said it would end at 11:45. The rain came down in buckets but lasted less than an hour. I dozed off after a while and when I awakened it was well past midnight, and things around me seemed all right.

  • Thanks for reading, AW. I'm glad things are all right by you.
    Yes, there was more damage here from the August 10 derecho last summer.

    Fortunately, no one was killed in this storm.There were roads closed and power lines down, as well as damage to houses. At first they were saying EF-3, now in the light of day, it may be EF-2. The Plainfield tornado in August 1990 was an EF-5.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thank you for the wise update. Here on the Far North Side, I saw lightning long before I heard thunder, and eventually it was like a car wash and a bowling alley at same time outside my window. During last summer's derecho, I took my phone and small DVD player and bunked down away from my window -- but that was the afternoon, and I admit that I wasn't awake enough to get away from bed (and window) last night. But I'm fine.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks so much for reading. Like a car wash and a bowling alley--what a great description!

    Yes, there were storm warnings along the Lake, too, and possible tornadoes spotted along the North Shore. Did you hear tornado sirens? I'm glad you are okay!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks -- I'm so glad you liked the description. I got storm warnings on my phone (silently, somehow) and debated getting away from the window, but never did. I didn't hear any tornado sirens, nor even the car alarms a neighbor (several buildings away) mentioned hearing.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you!

  • That really socked southern Du Page county. Two additional notes: Usually tornadoes go SW to NE, but this one went straight between 79th and 83rd streets.
    I mentioned the correlation coefficient before, and while not explicitly stated in any report I saw, they did say that radar indicated debris 10,000 feet up.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack! Yes, Du Page County was really hit hard. They said debris over 10,000 feet and possible wind speeds of over 135 mph. I hope you are all right. Did tornado sirens go off where you live?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I was comparatively far north, and if anything happened, I slept through it. Someone from Niles said something happened there, but I didn't see any news report to that effect.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. I'm glad you're okay!

  • In the meantime they say it is going to rain like hell for the next week, which might take care of the drought.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, this rain is welcome drought relief---rain overnight, and too cloudy to see the full moon. Umbrellas today!

  • More freaky weather. IIRC, yesterday, they said nothing severe, and then about 4:30, tornado sighted in Crete, and then straight down the US 30 corridor to Chesterton.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes--torrential downpour here and tornado sirens again--over 5 inches of rain in south Oak Park, Blue Line service suspended and many basements flooded, too.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Also the manhole geysers at Lawrence and Rockwell. I don't know how storm sewers get that pressurized, especially since overflow is supposed to go into the deep tunnel.

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