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Large and extremely dangerous tornado tears through suburban Chicago, U.S.

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At least 6 people have been injured and 16 homes heavily damaged after a radar-confirmed tornado swept through suburban Chicago, IL at around 23:09 LT on Sunday, June 20, 2021. This could end up being the first strong tornado (EF-2+) in the metro Chicago counties since 2015.

The twister touched down near Woodridge and continued toward Naperville, where at least 6 people were injured and at least a dozen homes suffered extensive damage. 1 person is reportedly in critical condition while 5 sustained only minor injuries.

Numerous large trees were downed and several areas were impassable due to tornado damage, local officials said.

According to University of Oklahoma research meteorologist Sam Emmerson, the debris may have been lofted to at least 5.4 km (18 000 feet). This height is typically indicative of stronger tornadoes.

Woodridge PD urged residents to stay home and avoid the areas of Janes Avenue, Woodridge Drive and Woodward Avenue.

The tornado weakened as it moved toward the south side of Chicago.

The most significant damage was in the southwest suburbs of Naperville, Woodridge, and Darien, between 23:00 and 00:00 LT, NWS Chicago said.

16 suburban homes sustained significant damage and 100 homes at least some damage.

"We'll have some preliminary event information on our website and here on our Twitter feed by about 7 AM CDT and during the morning we'll be formulating plans for damage survey teams," NWS Chicago said.

Featured image credit: NWS

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