Weather officials confirm tornado in Lake County

SHARE Weather officials confirm tornado in Lake County
SHARE Weather officials confirm tornado in Lake County

A tornado touched down in the north suburbsSunday night, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday.

A tornado warning was briefly issued Sunday for central Lake County, including Waukegan, Gurnee and Gages Lake, but was canceled about 9:05 p.m.

Based on radar reports, the tornado touched downin Round Lake at 8:35 p.m., NWS meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said. It then moved to the center of Grayslake at 8:42 p.m., and to the eastern part of the village at 8:45 p.m., he said.

Officials were spending Monday afternoon assessing damage to gauge the twister’s rating, width and length, Donofrio said.

The home of state Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake was among those damagedin Grayslake, Round Lake, Hainesville, Wildwood and Gurnee, according to a statement from her office. She said officials are working to assess damage and get power restored.

Across the county, neighbors are helping neighbors, cleaning up trees and debris,” Bush said in the statement. “We’re seeing a spirit of cooperation that will help piece together some of what was lost in this storm.”

Storms ripped throughthe Chicago area Sunday, cutting out power for thousands of ComEd customersandleaving a path of damage in the suburbs.

The severe weather began about 2:30 p.m., leaving a man dead in a tent collapse at a Wood Dale community fair and collapsing a sports dome in Rosemont. NWS continued to issue severe weather warnings through the evening, with all expiring by midnight.

About 16,000people were still without power in the Chicago area as of Monday morning. ComEd announced that number at 9 a.m. for customers throughout the city and suburbs. At 11:15 p.m. Sunday, at least 41,000 customers were without power.

More than 650crews were working to restore serviceMonday morning, according to the utility agency.

Lollapalooza organizers bumped up the music schedule for the final day of the festival to try and squeeze in all performers to avoid a second evacuation of the day. They ended up cutting the night short about half an hour due to approaching storms at 10 p.m., officials said.

In west suburban Elmhurst, a lightning strike may have started a house fire early Monday that caused about $11,000 in damages, fire officials said. No one was injured.

Forecasters said Monday morning the weather is expected to improve over the next few days, with cooler temperatures in the 80s and low humidity.

An uprooted tree in a Lake County backyard. | courtesy ABC-7

An uprooted tree in a Lake County backyard. | courtesy ABC-7

An uprooted tree in a Lake County backyard. | courtesy ABC-7

An uprooted tree in a Lake County backyard. | courtesy ABC-7

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