Severe Thunderstorms, Tornado Hit Illinois
Undated (AP) _ Severe thunderstorms across the Midwest were accompanied by at least one tornado in Illinois, damaging homes and downing trees and power lines.
No injuries were immediately reported.
A tornado touched down near the central Illinois community of Hopedale and ripped the roofs off several homes, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Morris in Peoria.
Morris did not know exactly how many homes in the sparsely populated area were damaged.
Almost 100 flights were canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, said Lisa Howard, spokeswoman for the Chicago Aviation Department. Sixty-nine flights that had been scheduled to arrive at O’Hare late Friday were diverted to other cities, she said.
Flight delays ran up to two hours at O’Hare and Midway airports throughout the evening, Howard said.
There were reports that several trees and power lines were struck down in the Joliet area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal in Chicago.
Funnel clouds were spotted in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights, though they did not touch the ground, Darmofal said.
About 10,000 people lost electricity briefly in the Chicago area, said Commonwealth Edison spokesman Dale Wilson. .
Thunderstorms began in eastern Missouri and swept north through Springfield and Peoria to Chicago, Darmofal said.
Winds blew at 70 mph from Jacksonville, near Springfield, north to Peoria, said Tim Leonetti, a spokesman for the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.