A dangerous storm system moved through northern Illinois on Wednesday (7/12) sparking several tornadoes in the Chicagoland area, and the damage is just now being discovered.

Homes and Vehicles Across Windy City Damaged

Photos and videos are just beginning to surface across social media showing the destruction that took place on Wednesday evening as tornadoes and funnel clouds we captured on video, including one tornado that formed during a live NBC television broadcast in Chicago.

Several different angles of tornadoes and funnel clouds have been appearing on social media.

Tornado sirens were heard across the city and in the suburbs, as the storms moved through and people reportedly sheltered in airport tunnels, according to the Weather Channel. (Video from tornado warning earlier this year)

Videos from across Chicagoland showed how quickly the funnel clouds would form.

Photos and videos of the destruction that was left following the storms and tornadoes are beginning to surface on social media.

lulumae_flyaway on Instagram posted her experience with the severe weather and tornadoes in Northern Illinois that smashed her car windshield with "a piece of metal."

More photos have been posted by Dana Rebik from WGN showing storm damage from a possible tornado at Joliet Ave & Lawndale in McCook

What's the Difference Between a Tornado and a Funnel Cloud?

A tight-circular motion of air is called a funnel cloud, until it reaches the ground, then it's called a tornado.

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