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2018 Chicago tornado
EF3 Tornado
The tornado nearing Chicago.

The tornado nearing Chicago.
Date February 20, 2018
Times 11:25 - 11:40
Touchdown location Outside Chicago, Illinois
Injuries 27
Fatalities 2
Damage $85 million
Areas affected Chicago, Illinois
Part of the
2018 tornado season

The 2018 Chicago tornado was a destructive EF3 tornado that hit during the February 19 - 22, 2018 tornado outbreak sequence, severely damaging some communities in the city, and causing the injury of 2, as well as the deaths of 2 people during the event. The tornado also caused the issuance of a tornado emergency for the area, before it passed through and dissipated 15 minutes after touching down.


A severe thunderstorm began to rotate around 11:00 in the areas near Chicago, and a wall cloud had developed by 11:15, which was spinning rapidly, before a funnel cloud was noted at 11:20, and a PDS tornado warning was issued for the city. At 11:25, the tornado touched down in an outer suburb, and began moving in towards the center of the city, doing damage rated as EF2 - EF3 along the way. The tornado entered the inner suburbs around 11:33, ripping roofs from homes and causing walls to collapse on some as well. A home that was not built properly was swept away near the centre of the city around 11:36, killing the 2 people taking shelter there as a result. The tornado weakened as it passed through the centre of the city, and finally lifted at 11:40, though it continued as a severe thunderstorm for a further 10 minutes before it weakened and dissipated.

Tornado emergency

Following the touchdown of the tornado outside of the city, a tornado emergency was declared as the tornado approached, which indicated "Severe damage to properties are expected". This turned out to be correct, and $100 million was done in damages as the medium sized tornado swept through. Following the dissipation of the tornado, the emergency was dropped, and a state of emergency was declared later that day for the areas affected by the tornado.