The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado has touched down in suburban Chicago. The tornado was part of thunderstorms that rolled through the Chicago area overnight.
In Chicago, the May deaths of three women when temperatures climbed into the 90s served as a fresh reminder of the dangers of such heat — particularly for people who live alone or are dealing with certain health issues.
Miraculously, there were no reported injuries in the crashes, and authorities were able to escort all the stranded motorists to warming centers.
I-39 was closed north of Bloomington after a pileup of approximately 100 vehicles and I-74 eastbound near Champaign was completely blocked for a while after a crash involving several semitrailers, police said.
The NWS said that rain and sleet were expected Tuesday night, freezing rain and snow with as much as 7 inches by Wednesday morning. Up to 8 more inches of snow predicted on Wednesday and 5 inches on Thursday.
On the heels of last weekend's devastating tornadoes, high winds are again on the way. Gusts in the Chicagoland area could reach 60-70mph tonight/tomorrow.
Here are some of the people who perished during the tornadoes.
Severe weather tore through 5 states, including southern Illinois. Kentucky was likely hit worst, where officials believe a tornado may have been on the ground for over 200 miles.
One official told KTVI-TV that up to 100 people were believed to be in the building, working the night shift, at the time of the collapse.
Wednesday's storm ultimately dumped over 9 inches (23 cm) of rain in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and nearly as much on New York City's Staten Island.