Elk Grove Village police, firefighters and paramedics responded about 11:07 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022 to a report that the roof was torn off an apartment building at 10:30 a.m. Charlela Ln. in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Police and firefighters arrived to find most of the roof torn off and hanging over the front of the apartment building. Residents were beginning to evacuate from the six-story apartment building without really knowing what had happened initially.
No injuries were reported, as residents evacuated with pets and computers and other important belongings.
A roofing company arrived on the scene by about 1:45 p.m. and began to assess the damage. There were large pieces of wood and metal in the parking lot, and some cars in the front parking lot may have been damaged. A large part of the roof was visible on top of at least two cars in the front parking lot on the north side of the building.
The wind was from the south and there were gusts in excess of 40 mph. The National Weather Service Chicago stated this morning that gusts in excess of 50 or 65 mph were possible in the area.
A brief thunderstorm with no thunder and no lightning passed through the area about 20 minutes after the non-thunderstorm winds tore off the roof of the building.
The National Weather Service activated a High Wind warning early this morning, and then a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was activated around the time that the roof was torn off the apartment building.
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