BREAKING: Today's Illinois Tornadoes

Warning areaTornado watches and warnings in the Midwest, Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Radar map
On their way to Chicago.

Peoria Peoria.

Jennifer Wojcicki ☈ ‏‪@WxWithJenny‬
20m
RT ‪@TomPurdyWI‬: Beautiful wall cloud near Harvard, Illinois earlier, inflow screaming in on right side there. ‪#ilwx‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/8JvW8Hwfiq‬

LaSalle CtyChicago Tribune ‏‪@chicagotribune‬
58m
Tornado touching down in LaSalle County ‪http://trib.in/1bwjOO7 ‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/zBOT9eyAH8‬

Coal CityChuckGoudieABC ‏‪@ChuckGoudieABC7‬
Twister on the ground in ‪#CoalCity‬ ‪#Illinois‬ via city webcam. ‪#tornadooutbreak‬ ‪#iteam‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/T3flUSiRJc‬

Abs destruct‎‏‪@Alexandra_WMBD‬
Absolute destruction ‪pic.twitter.com/xFvT45sSwM‬

Q 1 suspensionChicago Tribune ‏‪@chicagotribune‬
50m
An official leaves Soldier Field during a suspension of play in the first quarter ‪http://trib.in/1aiR6Dq ‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/MIT9CXE9bW‬

Chi st 1Amara Walker FOX 32 ‏‪@AmaraWalkerFOX‬
1h
Streets of downtown ‪#chicago‬ dark and empty. ‪#ilwx‬ ‪#tornado‬ ‪#SevereWX‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/qFuctxHtQO‬

HuffPost Chicago ‏‪@HuffPostChicago‬
2h
RT ‪@foreverchasin‬: Adam Lucio saw this tornado just now near Roanoke Illinois ‪#ilwx‬ ‪#outbreak‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/ZShG2U2uJ9‬
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GiffordThe Storm Report ‏‪@thestormreport‬ 25m 

MT ‪@4cast4you‬: Gifford, IL took a hard hit. Lots of possible ‪#tornado‬ damage in town. ‪#ilwx‬ (via ‪@wycislo‬ on FB) ‪pic.twitter.com/Wuyp3PraZW‬

WashingtonMaddie Kirker ‏‪@MaddieKirker‬
34m
Heartbreaking picture from Washington, IL. Prayers go out to all those affected today. ‪#WashingtonIL‬ ‪#ilwx‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/0fgyZ65ARk‬

David A. ‏‪@ageewx‬
20m
Looking for help locating or contacting Louie and Harriet Venzon of Washington, IL. They live on Lynn Street. ‪#ILwx‬ ‪#Tornado‬ ‪#Washington‬

Pekin?Kristin Walls ‏‪@WHAS11Kristin‬
58m
More heart breaking photos coming out of Pekin, ‪#Illinois‬ ‪#ilwx‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/oJRzE4hf69‬

Soldier Field emptyBaltimore Ravens ‏‪@Ravens‬
19m
The rain is back here at Soldier Field. This is the second wave of the storm. ‪pic.twitter.com/2Av0rE5a7p‬

Katy Kramer WICD ‏‪@kkramerWICD‬
50s
All warnings in Illinois have expired or been cancelled…warnings still remain for Indiana ‪#severeweather‬ ‪#ilwx‬

O'Hare tfc 2 pm#ORD O’HareAviation ‏‪@ohareaviation‬
1m
Latest ‪@flightaware‬ radar picture from ‪#ORD‬ ‪@fly2ohare‬ ‪http://flightaware.com/live/airport_status_bigmap.rvt?airport=KORD …‬ ‪#ilwx‬

#ORD O’HareAviation ‏‪@ohareaviation‬
1m
‪#Severewx‬ now east of ‪#Chicago‬. Some ‪#flights‬ have resumed at ‪@fly2ohare‬ ‪#ORD‬. Passengers should contact their ‪#airline‬ for info. ‪#ilwx‬

American Family ‏‪@amfam‬
3m
Customers impacted by the tornadoes or storms in Central Illinois can call 1-800-MYAMFAM to start the claims process. ‪#ILWX‬

dbl rainKT Anna ‏‪@KT_Anna‬
1m
Eerie. ‪#ILwx‬ | RT ‪@OakParkVandy‬: Double rainbow in Woodridge, IL. ‪pic.twitter.com/k37xoCHMRR‬
Followed by US Dept of Interior and 1 other

Spent a nervous hour and a half packing my bag, watching twitter #ilwx, having a sandwich, and tossing my shoes out of the closet to make room for me, the cat, the bag, and the android.

The sun is out now in Oak Park/River Forest, Illinois, where I live. Someone just reported a rainbow nearby. Signing off for today.

[All photos streamed from Twitter or screenshots.]






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  • Noxero

    How many solar and wind installations were destroyed?

    • Sandy Dechert

      Excellent question. Like to hear from anyone with insights/answers: sandydech@hotmail.com. Presently working on breaking news from UNFCCC and Fukushima right now, but will try to address in a followup.

    • Wind turbines are extremely capable of withstanding strong winds and natural disasters. Better than other power providers. Solar panels are of course distributed to a great degree, so even if a few roofs come off, most solar panels will remain intact. 😀

  • Noxero

    How many solar and wind installations were destroyed?

    • Sandy Dechert

      Excellent question. Like to hear from anyone with insights/answers: sandydech@hotmail.com. Presently working on breaking news from UNFCCC and Fukushima right now, but will try to address in a followup.

    • Wind turbines are extremely capable of withstanding strong winds and natural disasters. Better than other power providers. Solar panels are of course distributed to a great degree, so even if a few roofs come off, most solar panels will remain intact. 😀