Does Illinois Get Tornadoes?

It sure does! Illinois houses the Windy City, but the title can be extended to the entire state. The big question:

How many tornadoes are there in Illinois in a year?

Based on recent data, Illinois has an average of 35 tornados a year. Learn more about monthly tornado averages in Illinois here.

Chicago Tornados

The deadliest tornado in Chicago occurred in 1967. 33 people were killed when an EF-4 tornado struck Oak Lawn and Palos Hills.

  • As the most populous state in the Tornado Alley, Illinois’s tornados are much more disastrous and deadly.
  • For about every 10,000 square miles in Illinois, there will be an average of 5 tornados reported that year.
  • The deadliest tornado in U.S. history was the Tri-State Tornado of 1925 which killed 695 people in Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana; 613 of these people were in Illinois.
  • In recent Illinois history, Cook County has the highest number of confirmed tornados at 38 tornados.
  • The most common time range for Illinois tornados to hit is between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The most common hour in the day for tornados to hit Illinois is about 5 p.m.
  • The most common month for Illinois tornados is April.
  • Central and Southeast Illinois are the most likely to be affected by tornados.

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