Updated 07/02/14 -10:11 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Chicago area were still without power Wednesday morning, more than a day after two severe storms pummeled the region.
Monday night’s storms spawned eight small tornados, one of which touched down in southwest suburban Plainfield, knocking down more than 50 trees and many power lines. Fences in the area also were knocked over, or in some cases blown to bits.
The National Weather Service said all eight twisters were classified as EF-1 tornados, the second-lowest measurement. One struck in Plainfield and neighboring Romeoville in Will County, another struck in Earlville in LaSalle County, one hit in Kendall County, three others hit in Grant Park in Kankakee County, one in Lowell Ind and one near Demotte, Ind. They also confirmed that the tornadoes were spawned by two derechos.