16 April 2024,   08:48
Tornadoes confirmed east of Chicago and in Ohio, Michigan as Midwest is battered by storms

One tornado was confirmed east of Chicago on Wednesday while more than a half dozen struck Ohio and Michigan following reports of overnight warnings, writes USA TODAY.

The Illinois tornado occurred in Henry County, around 150 miles east of Chicago, according to the National Weather Service. The service is investigating multiple reports of damage caused by high winds in the state and will determine how many tornadoes can be confirmed.

The EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 mph damaged two farm structures and destroyed a shop, local station KWQC reported.

A total of five tornadoes were confirmed in Ohio on Wednesday, with four of them hitting the greater Columbus area. Two of them were EF2 tornadoes with wind speeds of 111 to 136 mph on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale. The other three were EF1 tornadoes, two of which had wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.

Two tornados also struck Michigan in parts of Genesee and Calhoun counties. An EF-2 twister reached the Grand Blanc area bringing winds of up to 115 mph and moving around 5.7 miles, according to the weather service. Police said the tornadoes knocked out power to residents and businesses when it struck after midnight. No deaths or injuries were reported in the hours after the tornado struck, Grand Blanc Township Police Department Lt. Todd Gilbert said.