At least 2 EF-0 tornadoes touch down in Joliet, Naperville, National Weather Service says

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
At least 2 EF-0 tornadoes touch down in Chicago suburbs
At least 2 EF-0 tornadoes touch down in Chicago suburbs on Monday. Tornado Warnings expired in DuPage County and northwest Indiana.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- At least two brief EF-0 tornadoes touched down in the Chicago suburbs Monday morning, the National Weather Service said.

NWS said the tornadoes touched down in the western part of Joliet and far northern part of Naperville.

Winds from the tornado in Joliet reached an estimated 85 mph, NWS said. It began near Courtwright Drive and Kendall Ridge Boulevard in the Kendall Ridge Subdivision. The tornado damaged several trees and fences, and caused minor shingle damage to a couple of homes before ending near Caton Farm Road and Hastings Drive just across the county line in Will County.

Winds from the tornado in Naperville reached an estimated 80 mph, NWS said. It began near Naperville North High School in Naperville and tracked north for approximately 1.4 miles before ending near Interstate 88 between Mill and Washington streets. Video showed a funnel cloud continuing for at least 1 mile farther north over the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.

One other brief tornado, an EF-U, touched down in southeast Ford County near the small town of Clarence in east central Illinois, but did not produce any damage, NWS said.

Storms moving through the Chicago area prompted several weather alerts and damage Monday.

A Tornado Warning was issued in DuPage County about 10 a.m. Monday, but has since expired.

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A home's surveillance cameras capturing the moments a powerful storm moved through Will County.

"It felt like 80 mile an hour winds came through the driveway," said Kevin Shelton.

Those frightening and uncertain moments were captured on a home security camera in Will County.

"I was wondering if a tornado was coming really," Shelton said.

Shelton lives next door to the neighbors who shared the video with ABC7, and said he was outside when the storm moved through.

"Lot of debris," Shelton said. "Garbage can lids, chairs, the roof off my playhouse. It broke down the fence."

WATCH | Storm damage reported in Will County

Allison Anderson with Will County Emergency Management describes a strong storm that moved through the area Monday morning.

Allison Anderson with Will County Emergency Management said a strong storm moved through there at around 10 a.m. and that it could be a microburst.

"Everyone is safe and some strong damage to roofs and some homes," Anderson said.

No injuries have been reported in Will County.

In Plainfield, the clean-up is well underway, but some of the heaviest damage from that quick and powerful storm still remained on Monday afternoon.

That storm was powerful enough to uproot a tall pine tree before it went crashing down onto a neighbor's yard next door.

Residents ABC7 spoke with in the Kendall Ridge Subdivision said they are definitely shaken after the storm.

WATCH: Cleanup underway in Plainfield, Naperville after storms

Frightening and uncertain moments were captured on a home security camera in Will County.

"It happened within a matter of seconds. I saw it, and it was gone," said Adam Anderson, a Plainfield resident. "I looked out the window, and I just saw it coming right down the street. It was nuts. I've never seen anything like it."

A quick tornado left behind a trail of damage and debris in the subdivision.

"I was scared, because I was not sure what was going on. And, I was scared. I didn't know what to do," said Maria Cano, another Plainfield resident.

A home's fence was ripped from the ground. Basketball hoops thrown from one house to the next, and large branches snapped from an uprooted tree.

In neighboring Naperville, the powerful storm uprooted a large tree along Diehl Road.

Traci Dupuis was inside her home when she said the storm quickly left its mark on the neighborhood.

ABC7 spoke with her as she was assessing damage in her community.

"It wasn't just wind. I could see stuff just like swirling around," Dupuis said. "My fence, you can see it's all down. My furniture levitated off the ground and I started running through the kitchen to get away from the windows. Random furniture, mailboxes everywhere."

But, after the dark storm, there was a bright ray of positivity: neighbors helping neighbors.

"The people were pouring out of their houses. Everyone was helping everyone. Everyone was making sure everyone was okay," Adam said.

But, residents said they are just grateful no one was hurt.

Chicago-area storms down trees, fences in Kendall County

Chicago-area storms downed trees and fences in Kendall County.

In Kendall County, trained weather spotters reported wind damage near Kendall Ridge Boulevard and Townsend Boulevard in Joliet, where large objects were flipped over, and a fence and window were blown out.

An apparent twister was caught on video in the Champaign area Monday.

In the Champaign area, an apparent tornado was caught on video after a warning was issued there.

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University of Illinois students were seen sheltering amid Tornado Warnings.

There was some flooding on Chicago's North Side early Monday morning, as thunderstorms moved through the area.

Cars could be seen slowly making their way through high standing water, as heavy rain came down quickly during the Monday morning rush hour.

The Chicago weather radar shows heavy rain, lightning and possible strong winds moving through the area, as the North Side sees some flooding.

There was a lot of lightning, too, ABC7 Chicago meteorologist Tracy Butler said, which is somewhat unusual for February.

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A line of storms in eastern LaSalle County was producing some brief gusty winds just before 9 a.m., Butler said.

The worst of the weather Monday was expected through the morning, with heavy rain, lightning and strong winds.

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