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VAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – A camping trip turned tragic for a family on Friday. Gusty wind blew a tree down onto a woman at a campsite near Piney Lake.

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CBS4’s Alan Gionet was setting up in the next campsite with his family when the tree fell. He and his daughters rushed to help the woman.

Gionet then rushed to Piney River Ranch to ask for help.

He ran into a nurse who met with the family at the campsite. Gionet then met a trained medical expert, and they drove together to the campsite.

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Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies arrived about an hour later. Gionet notes the area is very remote. More emergency responders arrived afterward.

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A medical helicopter was called, however EMT’s say she had passed away already.

The woman’s husband and their children were also at the site. No one else was hurt.

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Chicago tornado: EF-1 carves 3-mile path through Rogers Park, damage epicenter along Jarvis Avenue

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Residents in Rogers Park are cleaning up for a second day after a tornado carved a 3-mile path through Chicago's North Side.

The National Weather Service confirmed the EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph touched down in Rogers Park Monday afternoon before moving over Lake Michigan and becoming a waterspout.

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The weather service classified the storm as an EF-1 tornado after surveying the damage. Estimated peak winds reached 110 mph. The tornado was as wide as three football fields and left a path of damage three miles long.

We have confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph and path length of 3 miles touched down in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago during the 8/10/2020 derecho event. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/oZ4Z2EEYe0

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

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A tornado touched down in Chicago before moving over Lake Michigan and becoming a waterspout.



The last EF-1 tornado in Chicago was on May 29, 1983, on the city's Southwest Side, according to ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Cheryl Scott. The storm started near South Pulaski and West 31st Street and traveled NE for 0.2 miles.

Five other tornadoes were also recorded in the greater Chicago area Monday by the NWS.

An EF-1 with winds up to 90 mph touched down in Lake County and traveled 3.75 miles over state lines to Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

At the same time, an EF-0 hit Lake Geneva and traveled 3.3 miles, carrying winds of up to 80 mph.

Another EF-0 was also reported on the southwest side of Rockford just after 2:30 p.m., with peak winds of 75 mph and traveling 1.5 miles.

We have confirmed that a brief EF-0 with peak winds of 75 mph and path length of 1.5 miles hit the southwest side of Rockford yesterday, 8/10/2020. Damage was confined to trees. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/OS1jznZVTc

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

We have confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 90 mph and path length of 3.75 miles touched down near Spring Grove, IL and ended near Camp Lake, Wisconsin during the 8/10/2020 derecho event. Many thanks to @NWSMKX for their help surveying. #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/YtTn1pIcyn

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

We have confirmed that a brief EF-0 with peak winds of 75 mph and path length of 1.5 miles hit the southwest side of Rockford yesterday, 8/10/2020. Damage was confined to trees. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/OS1jznZVTc

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

Wheaton and Lombard also saw EF-1 tornadoes with winds up to 90-95 mph, NWS tweeted.

We confirmed a very brief EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 90 mph and path length of 0.3 miles touched down in Wheaton and produced damage on the campus of Wheaton College during the 8/10/2020 derecho event. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/g7mA2k95Wb

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

We confirmed an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 95 mph and path length of 2.1 miles touched down on the north side of Lombard during the 8/10/2020 derecho event. The same circulation had produced the brief EF-1 tornado in Wheaton, earlier. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/6nGCzNDNNb

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) August 11, 2020

The weather was a rare event known as a derecho, which is a strong thunderstorm complex of straight-line winds that is on or hitting parts of an area over hundreds of miles. To meet the criteria of a derecho, the weather event must travel upwards of about 250 miles, however, the storm that descended on the Midwest Monday traveled more than 600 miles, Scott said.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes touched down in the greater Chicago area Monday.



"It all happened in like 30 seconds. Honestly. The wind came through. All these trees were gone in 30 seconds," said Scott Garton, Rogers Park resident.

As residents emerged to begin cleaning up, Jarvis Avenue was nearly impossible to navigate. The street is a tangled mess of gigantic trees, with many uprooted and splintered.

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Wendy Istvanick hunkered down on her ground floor as the tornado passed overhead Monday.

"I grew up in Wisconsin, heard tornadoes come through - like a roof blown off here and there - but never saw anything quite like this," she said.

"You never think you're going to get a tornado in Chicago," said fellow resident Brent Caburnay.

Caburnay said it didn't take long for the storm to move through, but it left a lot of damage on Fargo Avenue.

"You could hear this uproar of wind and it came from, just, below and started moving everything up," he said.

Garton's 100-year-old maple tree was toppled by the storm. He said it felt like a twister, that cabinets blew open from the pressure.

Residents in the epicenter on Jarvis said they are still finding it hard to believe they experienced a tornado.

Victoria Lockhart said when the weather took a quick turn for the worse right at 4 p.m., she grabbed her family and sheltered in the bathroom.

"We tried to make it to the basement, but by the time we got close to the backroom door, the wind started coming in so we couldn't even make it there," she said.

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A line of strong storms with extremely strong winds led to widespread reports of damage in the Chicago area Monday afternoon.



Volunteers with My Block, My Hood, My City hit the streets to help clean up along Jarvis, bringing others from all over Chicago to help with them. Several city blocks were covered in debris.

"We're really just trying to clear out the sidewalks, things that we the city can't necessarily get to right away," volunteer Molly Frank said. "[ There is] a lot of elderly people in the neighborhood, so doing what we can."

"I love their mission and I haven't done any volunteer work for them, but having seen it and having time, I thought it would be a good idea to come out and try to help," said Kathy Maloney.

While the storm tore apart the neighborhood, it unified the neighbors.

"I know that there's a lot of areas affected right now and we can make kind of a small difference," said fellow volunteer Kali Ulmer.

"When you're with people and you're helping people, you just do better. It means a lot to both of us. We just wanted to help," said Beth Farrell.

One couple says they are grateful for all the help after a tree crashed down on their roof.

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As volunteers and neighbors continue to remove tornado debris from the streets and sidewalks of Rogers Park one couple is waiting things out.



"I ran around, I was closing windows, and I'm not even sure if I remember the crash of the tree falling on us. It just happened so quickly," said Tim Devore.

As far as he knows, there isn't major damage from the fall, but moving the mature tree will not be an easy feat.

"We have this tree precariously resting on our house so we're unsure what's underneath it right now. None of the windows are broken, the rain gutters are probably damaged," he said.

"We had no water coming inside the house so that tells us there may be roof damage but it's not punctured to where we're getting rain in the house, so that's good," said Devore's partner Doug Kuper.

During the tornado, Devore was inside the home while Kuper was a couple of miles away on their boat. As soon a Kuper heard what happened, he said he headed straight home.

"Everybody was safe, that was the main thing," he said with relief.

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Severe storms and extremely strong winds downed a massive tree in Lincoln Park Monday afternoon.



Several old trees also came down in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. One of them uprooted the sidewalk and fell on top of a few parked cars.

"It's a car," said Efram Simon, whose Jeep cushioned the landing for a large tree near Byron and Wayne. "You can get insurance to take care of any of the damages. Most important thing is that no one's hurt, no one's injured."

According to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the 311 call center took nearly 8,600 service requests Monday for everything from uprooted trees to out traffic signals.

There was also more than 550 calls to 911 about downed wires.

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ComEd said it's bringing in 1,500 techicians from around the country to help restore power to customers after a derecho causeed widespread damage Monday afternoon.



ComEd is also rushing to respond to the more than 200,000 people in our area who are still without power.

The electric company says the vast majority should have their electricity back by Friday, but some spots may not have power until Saturday.

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