Updated 06/13/13 – 4:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, and National Weather Service investigators were working to confirm multiple reports of possible tornadoes, after powerful storms swept through the Chicago area on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said Thursday that an EF-0 tornado, with winds around 85 mph, hit Manteno on Wednesday.
Chicago and much of the surrounding area were spared the brunt of the storm, as cool air from the lake helped prevent more severe storms from forming.
But areas far south and west of the city, as well as parts of northwest Indiana, still saw major damage from the storm.
Residents in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana were starting to clean up from the series of storms early Thursday, after the rain, hail and winds left behind damage all across the region.
Winds of up to 60 mph and hail as large as baseballs were reported in some areas, while there were several reports of funnel clouds.
The National Weather Service was out in the field on Thursday investigating multiple reports of tornadoes, including in Paw Paw and Somonauk in the far western suburbs, and in southwest suburban Yorkville.
The storm in Paw Paw was not determined to be a tornado but did pack powerful straight-line winds, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
The NWS also determined an EF-1 tornado hit Shabbona State Park–about 30 minutes south of DeKalb–on Wednesday afternoon, causing severe tree damage.
Manteno resident Alanna Smith’s horse barn was completely leveled in the storm, and she said she spotted a tornado just before it hit.
Smith said she was pointing out a funnel cloud to her son when the house was hit.
“Boom, it hit that corner right there, and the whole house just rocked,” she said. “I don’t know how it didn’t suck us off of there, or at least knock us off of there, because you felt the whole house rock.”