The Chicago National Weather Service released new information regarding damage that occurred in Ogle and DeKalb counties following strong to severe thunderstorms last Saturday afternoon and evening.
An EF-1 tornado, with peak winds estimated between 90-100 mph, occurred about one mile west/southwest of Chana (Ogle County) at approximately 4:30pm Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Rocky Hollow Road and E. Canfield Road. It was on the ground for 0.3 miles and had a width of 100 yards. This tornado did significant damage to outbuildings at two farmsteads, along with knocking down trees and power poles.
Another tornado occurred at approximately 6:12pm Saturday evening about five miles northeast of Genoa in DeKalb County. This tornado was reported by law enforcement, and estimated as an EF-0. It was reported to have touched down near Melms and Polk Roads, damaging a 40×20 barn, with debris blown into a downstream field. Power poles were also damaged for about a mile from the reported touchdown. This tornado dissipated before reaching I-90.
More information on the severe weather and damage from Saturday’s storms can be found here from the Chicago National Weather Service.