The Chicago area is cleaning up Tuesday after tornadoes reportedly touched down in several communities as severe weather left a path of destruction in its wake.
In Sycamore, located in northeastern DeKalb County, damage was reported to trees and to power lines after a tornado was reported by trained weather spotters just after 6 p.m. Monday.
Some structure damage was also reported by law enforcement officials there.
A family near Sycamore showed NBC 5 reporters twisted hunks of metal and broken trees in their backyard.
“We started seeing storm clouds spinning in a circle. We were all looking up at this huge triangle coming down,” Mary Wetzel said. “Everything was still. We saw it forming, and heard the humming sound.”
Just behind the Wetzel family home, pieces of a barn were strewn across yards and a field.
Tornado touchdowns were reported in numerous communities, including one that touched down near Maple Park just after 6:30 p.m. The National Weather Service warned that the twister would be “rain-wrapped,” and therefore difficult to see, and warnings left thousands of residents scrambling for cover.
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SOURCE: NBC Chicago