Brief tornado touchdown in Naperville says National Weather Service

Broken tree branch damage from brief tornado in Naperville
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The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that a brief EF-0 tornado touched down in north Naperville on Monday morning.

The tornado hit the ground near Naperville North High School and tracked north for 1.4 miles, ending just south of I-88 between Mill Street and Washington Street. It lasted from 9:52 a.m. to 9:54 a.m., with estimated peak winds of 80 mph, and a maximum width of 30 yards.

The NWS says video shows a funnel cloud continued one more mile north over Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.

A tornado warning for the Naperville area was issued shortly before 10 a.m., and ended at 10:15 a.m.

Tree trunk split during brief tornado in Naperville

Split tree trunk near Diehl Road and Washington Street intersection.

No major structural damage reported

National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlin told the Chicago Sun Times that no major structural damage was reported in the area, though there was some damage done to trees, roofs and fences.

No injuries were reported.

Second tornado touched down briefly in Joliet

white fallen tree branch after brief tornado in Naperville

Fallen branches along Warrenville Road.

NWS Chicago said that a second EF-0 tornado touched down briefly in far western Joliet around that same time. That tornado touched down near Kendall Ridge Blvd. and Townsend Blvd. It was on the ground from 9:42 a.m. to 9:43 a.m., with a path length of .9 miles and a maximum width of 85 yards. Estimated peak winds for that tornado were 85 mph.

Damage reports listed instances of large objects being flipped, and windows and fences being blown out. No injuries were reported.

Past tornadoes in Naperville

Naperville is no stranger to tornadoes, as of the past few years. On June 23, 2022, an EF-0 tornado touched down at Naperville’s White Eagle Club and traveled southeast through Naperville for 4.5 miles. It caused minor damage to trees, roofs, and other structures.

A more powerful EF-3 tornado swept through the Naperville area on June 20, 2021 , causing damage to more than 120 homes. Clean-up efforts for small glass and metal particles left in the yards of many of the homes impacted by that tornado are still underway.

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