Tornado sirens in Chicago
Severe weather is shown on the WMAQ news. The orange trapezoid south of Ravenswood marks a tornado warning area. The yellow area a severe storm front moving through the area.
At 6:15 this evening the City of Chicago activated its civil defense sirens, giving warning of a tornado in the city. Citizens on Twitter noted the use of the sirens is so rare that they hadn't known of their existence.
The fast moving storm arced out in a bow over the North Side with the warning area south of the Ravenswood neighborhood.
However at 6:15 PM this evening sirens could be clearly heard in the Ravenswood neighborhood and a warning was received from Alderman Richard Mel warning people to take cover.
Telephone calls to Aldermen O'Connor were not answered. A cleaning lady answered the telephone of Ald. Mel.
Mel's e-mail said the warning would continue till 6:45 PM, about two minutes from now.
Earlier in the day Ald. Eugene Schulter announced the cancellation of a concert at NorthCenter's Town Square due to the inclement weather.