Naperville Tornado Videos Show Several Houses Destroyed by Illinois Twister

The extensive damage caused by a storm that ripped through a Chicago suburb has been captured in several videos.

The tornado swept through the suburbs of Naperville and Woodridge, Illinois, on Sunday night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

According to The Associated Press (AP), the tornado struck after 11 p.m. and left several residents injured, damaging more than 100 trees and knocking out power in the area.

Naperville city spokesperson Linda LaCloche said at least five people were hospitalized in critical condition.

She added 16 homes were now "uninhabitable" and that dozens more were damaged. LaCloche told AP: "We're lucky that it wasn't worse. We have a lot of utility poles and electrical wires down and tree damage."

Videos shared online revealed the extensive damage caused by the tornado after it touched down.

Thinking about everyone in Chicago’s suburb of Woodridge & Naperville — strong tornado and at least 6 people injured. Today the threat for tornadoes & damaging wind stretches from Charleston, WV to Houlton, ME. #severe #tornado #damage pic.twitter.com/yMPYDCZq0R

— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) June 21, 2021

Users on Twitter uploaded videos showing the extent of the damage in Naperville, with homes ripped apart and roofs pulled away from the rest of the house.

Debris was seen being strewn across lawns and streets and trees had been pulled up from the earth and tossed by the storm near homes.

Fox 32 reporter Joanie Lum shared a video of a home that had been completely demolished in the storm.

This WAS a house on Princeton Circle in Naperville, demolished by a tornado. Firefighters had to dig out debris to free the residents. 130 homes damaged, 5 people injured. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/FiATs8cPkT

— Joanie Lum FOX 32 (@JoanieLum) June 21, 2021

She added: "Firefighters had to dig out debris to free the residents."

The National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago said the most significant damage was in Naperville, Woodridge and Darien.

It added that by 1 a.m. the tornado had been downgraded to a thunderstorm.

The NWS Chicago also told AP that storm rotation had been recorded in northwestern Indiana, mainly localized in Hobart and South Haven.

In a morning update, the NWS Chicago said the tornado "could have potentially been an EF-2+ rated tornado."

It added: "If this is the case, it would be the last EF-2+ tornado in the NWS Chicago County Warning Area since February 28, 2017."

The EF scale measures the speed of winds and EF-2 is graded at being between 11-135mph. According to the tornado scale, the highest rating EF-5 records winds are in excess of 200mph.

Newsweek has contacted the city of Naperville for comment.

The tornado ripped homes apart
The tornado ripped homes apart. Stock photo. mdesigner125/Getty