Severe weather in N. IL, incl. tornado in Frankfort

Severe thunderstorms and at least one tornado moved through northern Illinois on September 18, including the Chicago area, the Chicago Tribune reports.


National Weather Service radar image, September 18, about 10 PM CDT

A tornado was spotted Friday afternoon near Frankfort, and roads in parts of Chicago and many suburbs flooded Friday night, as 2.17 inches fell in an hour in Carpentersville, and an inch of rain fell in Elgin in 20 minutes, with the heaviest rains (more than 3 inches) along the Wisconsin-Illinois border, the article stated.

Storms continued, and flash flood and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were extended into the early morning hours of Saturday.

As of 11 PM Friday, Central Time, the Illinois High School Association had reported at least 101 football games suspended or postponed because of weather, although 28 games listed in the association’s southern Illinois region had been completed and scores were posted.

Four or five homes in Frankfort suffered slight roof damage from the Frankfort tornado, and several tall trees were broken or down, weather service reports said. Winds as of 11 PM were still gusting to 60 mph.

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