A strong thunderstorm spawned a brief tornado touchdown near the Boone-McHenry County line late this afternoon. Below is a recap of the today’s event:
4:22PM: A funnel cloud, located 2 miles north of Capron, IL, was visible and descending.
4:26PM: Storm spotters recorded 73mph winds that were circulating on the ground at Capron Road and Boone School Road which is 2 miles north of the town of Capron, IL.
4:30PM: Spotters following the tornado reported an 82mph wind gust at Capron Road and Illinois Highway 173. They also noted tree debris in the air, nickle sized hail and very heavy rain.
There have been no other reports of severe weather associated with this storm. A 40mph wind gust was recorded in McHenry, and winds peaked at 36mph in Mundelein as the storm passed.
Donnie Plodzien sent us these great shots of the storm clouds as seen from Crystal Lake
Photos courtesy of Donnie Plodzien
While shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to continue across portions of the Chicago area through 10PM, the possibility of any additional severe weather is diminishing as the lowest levels of the atmosphere begin to stabilize with the loss of sunlight or daytime heating.
This will be the last entry on WGN’s Severe Weather Blog for tonight unless new warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.
Tom Skilling will have a complete recap of tonight’s storms on the WGN News at Nine.
Lori Spindler from Wonder Lake sent us this shot of Thursday’s ominous looking storm clouds.
Photo courtesy of Lori Spindler
The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lake County was canceled by the National Weather Service at 6:03PM. Part of the thunderstorm activity that prompted the warning has moved out of Lake County and over Lake Michigan. Other storms have drifted south into Cook County.
As of 6:06PM, all of the storms on radar appear to be below severe limits, but are still capable of brief heavy rain, gusty winds to 40mph, and some small hail. No warnings are in effect at this time but the remaining activity is being monitored closely.
For up to the minute television coverage, tune into Duffy Atkins who is tracking tonight’s storms from the WGN Weather Center on CLTV.
A change in direction of the Lake County, IL storm was noted as of 5:50PM. The southern flank of the cell has split from the main line, and is starting to move southeast (rather than east) toward the Lake-Cook county line. This change in direction can sometimes mean storm rotation will intensify, and this cell is being monitored closely by the WGN Weather Center.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for most of Lake County until 6:15PM.
As of 5:39PM, a severe thunderstorm continues to track across central Lake County Illinois. This storm has lost its tornadic characteristics, but is still capable of large hail and damaging winds. In addition, torrential and at times blinding rain is likely until 6PM along Interstate 94 north of Lake-Cook Road.