The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in McHenry Monday afternoon, causing damage to an area near the Home Depot.
The McHenry Police Department and the McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 4:50 p.m. Monday to the 2400 block of North Richmond Road in McHenry.
McHenry Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh said dispatchers received 911 calls of a funnel cloud in the area.
Residents from the 2400 block of Evergreen Circle called and reported storm damage to multiple townhouses, Walsh said.
Residents reported damage to the siding and roofs of some of the homes in the cul-de-sac. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service was notified of the incident, Walsh said. “At this time the McHenry Police Department cannot confirm specifically what type of weather event occurred at this location.”
On Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed that the event was an EF-1 tornado.
“We realize that the timing of this announcement is slightly awkward with the ongoing weather, but we have confirmed a preliminary total of 7 tornadoes [in Illinois] that occurred with yesterday’s storms. The preliminary ratings for these tornadoes are as follows,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet Tuesday evening.
The seven tornadoes included McHenry, Kirkland, two in Esmond, Burlington, Paw Paw and Sycamore to Virgil.
The National Weather Service explained in the tweet why they did not issue a tornado warning for the McHenry tornado.
“It did spin up pretty quickly, & the strength of the rotation with that storm on radar when it was at peak strength also wasn’t strong enough for us to issue a Tornado Warning with much confidence. This can unfortunately happen from time to time with these brief, weak tornadoes,” the NWS said.