According to the National Weather Service, a tornado outbreak occurred in the Chicago area this week and resulted in at least 11 relatively weak twisters.

The storms on Wednesday caused damage to buildings and uprooted trees in the Chicago area and surrounding regions, but fortunately, there were no reported injuries. One tornado touched down near O’Hare International Airport, leading to disruptions in hundreds of flights and prompting passengers to seek shelter.

The Chicago-area office of the National Weather Service has confirmed that at least 11 tornadoes touched down on Wednesday evening. The agency will continue its investigation into the outbreak in the coming days.

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The National Weather Service has reported that a tornado outbreak in the Chicago area this week resulted in at least 11 twisters. (Fox News)

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The 11 tornadoes were formed by rotating thunderstorms referred to as supercells, as stated by the National Weather Service.

Out of the confirmed tornadoes, eight had a preliminary rating of EF-0, producing winds of 65-85 mph, while the remaining three had a preliminary rating of EF-1 with winds of 86-110 mph.

The National Weather Service mentions that the Chicago area has experienced numerous tornadoes over the years, including some within the city itself, as it is the nation’s third largest city.

During a recent spring outbreak, there were 22 tornadoes in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, setting a record for the most tornadoes within the region within a single calendar day or a 24-hour period. This record was previously set on June 30, 2014.

The National Weather Service has been keeping tornado records for the Chicago area since 1950.

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