Grayslake Tornado Drone Footage 2015. GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — Severe storms swept through the Chicago area packing high winds, rain and hail that toppled trees and power lines, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The storms hit hardest late Sunday about 50 miles north of Chicago, where National Weather Service Meteorologist Ricky Castro says there are reports that a tornado touched down near Grayslake.
Castro says the area was hit with winds of up to 60 mph along with hail and lightning. He says the threat of severe thunderstorms continues until about 2 a.m. Monday.
Officials say there is a four-to -five mile path of destruction. At least four buildings were significantly damaged, including Grayslake Central High School where part of the roof was blown off.
Chris Covelli, a detective with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, says there is extensive damage and police have closed numerous roads in unincorporated areas because of downed trees and power lines.
Crews were waiting for daylight to better assess the damage that was done.
A tornado warning was issued for the area for about 20 minutes Sunday night, but the sirens never went off in Grayslake. Officials say there just wasn’t enough time.
He says there are no reports of injuries so far.