At Least Four Tornadoes Touched Down During Wednesday's StormsAccording to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down near Paw Paw around 7:30 p.m., another touched down in Seneca around 9:15 p.m., a third touched down near Pontiac about 10:15 p.m., and a fourth touched down near Piper City shortly after 11 p.m.
ComEd: SmartGrid Reduced Outages During Last Week's StormsOfficials at ComEd said, believe it or not, power outages from last week’s severe storms could have been worse, if not for the new “smart grid” upgrades the utility has made in the past few years.
Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Severe Storms, TornadosTens 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.
Severe Weather Hits Chicago Area A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday, causing power outages, flight cancellations and delays and other problems. By late Monday, a second wave of storms was expected.
Study Might Explain Why Trailer Parks Seem To Be Tornado MagnetsResearchers looked at 60 years worth of climatological data from the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, and found tornadoes touch down most often in "transition zones" – areas where a dramatic change in landscape takes place.
State To Provide $45M In Relief Funds For Tornado DamageGov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.
What Is The Deadliest Weather-Related Event?Would you be more likely to die in a heat wave or a tornado?
High Risk: Severe Storms Could Bring Tree-Toppling Wind, TornadoesThe National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.