Chicago suburban tornado had winds of 140 mph

CHICAGO (AP) – A tornado that swept through the western suburbs of Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes and injuring several people, was blowing 140 mph (225 km / h) winds as it struck the densely populated area, said the National Weather Service.

A team from the Weather Service that investigated the aftermath of the Sunday night tornado found that, based on Monday’s preliminary results, the storm was an EF3 tornado on the Fujita upgraded scale when it cut a path through parts of Naperville, Woodridge, Darien and Burr Ridge.

The meteorological service planned to continue surveying this area on Tuesday to determine the precise path, width and length of the storm’s destruction trail, said Jake Petr, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Service’s office in Romeoville.

“So overall we still consolidate the findings for the whole event of this tornado,” he said on Tuesday.

The Weather Service said on Monday it had confirmed that an EF0 tornado with peak winds of 85 mph (137 km / h) had struck another part of the Chicago suburb on Sunday, causing damage that extended for about 3 miles. (4.8 km) from Plainfield to Romeoville, mostly damaging trees. .

Petr said the Weather Service planned to visit northwest Indiana on Tuesday to determine if the damage in the Hobart and South Haven areas was also caused by a tornado.

The weather service determined Monday that two EF1 tornadoes of up to 100 mph (161 km / h) struck St. Joseph and Steuben counties in northern Indiana on Sunday, damaging barns and trees and destroying d ‘other exterior structures.

In southeast Michigan, an EF1 tornado has been confirmed in Lenawee County, Riga Township. It had peak winds of 90 mph (145 km / h), was on the ground for about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) and damaged at least five homes, according to a weather service summary of the storm.

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