On Monday, June 13th, a supercell storm passed through Indiana and Illinois, leaving a trail of damage and destruction in its wake. Residents were warned to take cover and to limit all travel as much as possible.
Most of the damages caused were due to the intense wind gusts sweeping through the area. The National Weather Service recorded wind speeds of 100mph at the Fort Wayne International Airport. It is said to be the fastest recorded wind speed in the area. These wind speeds caused significant damage to buildings and hangars at the airport. One hangar had its walls, siding, and insulation completely ripped to shreds.
The winds slammed into neighborhoods across Indiana and Illinois, causing widespread power outages, toppling hundreds of trees, and battering homes. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation received over 300 tree emergency calls during the storm. Uprooted trees were blocking roadways, destroyed fences, broke powerlines and collapsed on homes.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in Schaumburg and made its way into Roselle before dying down. The storm traveled at around 100 mph, slamming into surrounding buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.
In Bellwood, a multi-unit building had its rooftop completely destroyed by the debris. Residents were heard screaming as the roof started to cave in. Several residents had to take cover or flee the building to avoid injury. Another had to be taken to hospital due to flying debris injuring them. Residents in another part of town had a tree punch right down the center of their home. Another had their siding wiped clean from their home.
In Milwaukee, a ten-year-old boy lost his life due to the intense storm and heavy rainfall in the area. Two adults who tried to rescue the boy have been reported missing. The massive thunderstorm clusters that formed over the Great Lakes were believed to have been a derecho.
This tremendous storm left nearly 500,000 residents across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia without power.
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