A severe tornado swept Chicago's southwest suburb area of Woodridge on Sunday night, June 20. Calling it a "life-threatening situation", the National Weather Service announced on June 20 that a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado" had touched down near Woodridge, causing damage to several communities.
Multiple reports of damage have come in from Woodridge, with debris reportedly scattered across Interstate 355 and power lines and structures bearing heavy damage in the suburb. We reported another similar incident where Tropical storm Claudette killed 10 children in Alabama multi-vehicle crash.
The tornado originally touched down near the border of Woodridge and Bolingbrook at approximately 11.09 pm. Doppler radar debris signatures were used to determine that the twister had touched down. Residents are being told to seek shelter immediately.
As soon as the news made its way to social media, people started pouring in prayers for the residents of that area while some shared videos and pictures of the damages done by the tornado. Sharing a video journalist Greg Dutra said, "Heavy damage. Large emergency presence. Woodridge, IL." Sharing a video, UA News reported, "#BREAKING: Major damage reported in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge following reports of a large and extremely dangerous tornado on the ground."
One person said, "Please pray for our neighbors who were just hammered with either an EF3 or EF4 tornado tonight in the Woodridge, Darien, Naperville area! Significant damage done in a mostly residential area!" Journalist Tracy Butler wrote, "Very concerned for anyone in and around #Woodridge area. Large tornado was reported there. Hearing multiple reports of extensive damage."
Sharing the data, one person tweeted, "Data suggest the Woodridge, IL #tornado traveled about 10-11 miles through a very heavily populated mixed residential and commercial use area with a maximum intensity (on radar) directly on top of Woodridge while crossing two interstates in the process. #ilwx." Jeff Piotrowski said, "Breaking Weather: Confirmed major damage in the Woodridge IL area west side of Chicago with injuries. #ilwx #chicago #woodridge #tornado."