North Chicago, IL Tornado, Sep 1972


North Chicago, Ill. (UPI) -- Eighteen persons were injured Thursday when a tornado tore through two military housing sites at Great Lakes Naval Training Center Thursday evening. Only three of the injured required hospitalization. The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down about 6 p.m. near a base housing and trailer complex off U.S. 41 and Illinois 137, about 37 miles north of downtown Chicago.
Navy officials reported that 12 trailers were destroyed and 25 others were severely damaged. Three houses in Nimitz Village sustained roof damage.
CURTIS PALMER, a Navy fire control technician, said he was about three blocks from the trailer park at home when the tornado hit. He said it passed through "with a grinding like sound."
"One home was completely upside down. All the siding and the insulation was missing and the plumbing was hanging out," he said.
In North Chicago farther along the twister's path, a policeman said the situation was "just a mess. Trees on houses, houses on trees, phone wires down, all sorts of twisted cars and garbage pails. There are gas leaks, everything."
The tornado did less damage the farther it moved north along the populous Lake Michigan shoreline.
Waukegan reported scattered areas of damge and Zion registered only "very light damage." But both communities were forced to close some streets flooded as a result of the heavy rains that accompanied the high winds. The weather bureau said as much as one inch of rain fell in 20 minutes during the thunderstorm.
No injuries were reported outside of the Great Lakes facility.

Lebanon Daily News Pennsylvania 1972-09-29