Woodridge Tornado Damages More Than 100 Homes, 450 Remain Without Power

A tornado that touched down in suburban Chicago late Sunday damaged more than 100 homes and left 450 without power, the Associated Press reported.

A tornado swept through the village of Woodridge late Sunday, officials said. A damage assessment is currently in progress, but there have been no significant injuries documented in the community.

A tornado also hit the nearby city of Naperville, leaving at least five people from the city hospitalized and 16 homes "uninhabitable," spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said. Several large trees were downed and multiple gas leaks have been reported, forcing power crews to go door to door shutting off lines.

"We're lucky that it wasn't worse," LaCloche said. "We have a lot of utility poles and electrical wires down, and tree damage."

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Naperville Tornado
Nathan Casey, 16, surveys the damage of his home after a tornado swept through the area in Woodridge, Ill., Monday June 21, 2021. Vashon Jordan Jr./Chicago Tribune via AP

The storm destroyed the second floor of Bridget Casey's Woodridge home. She sat in a lawn chair in the driveway before sunrise Monday. Her son, Nate Casey, 16, said he was watching TV when the storm swept through and he raced to help his mother get his three younger siblings to the basement.

"I just heard a loud crash and I'm thinking, 'Oh, what are my brothers up to?' I go look and I see the sky, and then I hear my brothers screaming from the room," he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, said a team from the weather service would be surveying storm damage Monday to determine the reported tornado's strength and its path. He said the same storm is believed to have rolled through Naperville, Woodridge and Darien, and may have also caused damage in Burr Ridge, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Chicago,

"If there were no fatalities—and there haven't been any reported to us—that's great news considering the population of the area, the level of damage and the time of day, after 11 p.m. when many people may be asleep," he said.

Radar had also shown storm rotation over several other areas of suburban Chicago, and also in northwestern Indiana in the Hobart and South Haven areas, Friedlein said.

The threat of wind damage remained for a few hours as the line of storms moved over northern Illinois and into northwestern Indiana, forecasters said. The severe threat was declared over at 2 a.m. local time.

Severe storms hit other parts of the Midwest, where a tornado damaged several buildings and knocked down power lines and trees in eastern Iowa on Sunday night. Most of the storm damage was reported in rural areas near the town of Bernard. No injuries were reported.

Late Sunday and early Monday, severe thunderstorms brought gusting winds and drenching rains to parts of Michigan. And in Missouri, a thunderstorm with strong winds whipped through parts of the state late Sunday and early Monday—knocking down trees and power lines.

Tornado Damage
Bridget Casey sits in the driveway of her severely damaged home with her son Nate, 16, and daughter Marion, 14, after a tornado swept through the area in Woodridge, Ill., early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. Officials say a radar-confirmed tornado swept through suburban Chicago late Sunday, damaging homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing some injuries. Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP