Second Father’s Day Tornado Confirmed in Suburbs as Cleanup Continues

A tornado downed trees and damaged homes in suburban Woodridge late Sunday, June 20, 2021. A second tornado hit Plainfield, according to officials. (WTTW News)A tornado downed trees and damaged homes in suburban Woodridge late Sunday, June 20, 2021. A second tornado hit Plainfield, according to officials. (WTTW News)

As residents across the Chicago region continue to assess the damage caused by powerful storms late Sunday, new details have emerged, including confirmation of a second tornado.

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According to the National Weather Service, an EF0 tornado, with maximum winds of 85 mph, touched down in Plainfield, carving a 3.2-mile path to southwest Romeoville before dissipating near the Mistwood Golf Club. 

Mistwood staff shared via Twitter that the course sustained minimal tree damage. “We are very fortunate the tornado lifted. … Our thoughts are with those in Naperville, Woodridge and other communities who saw far more severe damage.”

The path of Sunday's Plainfield tornado. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)The path of Sunday's Plainfield tornado. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)

On Monday, the National Weather Service determined the first tornado, which devastated homes in the Naperville/Woodridge/Darien area, was an EF3, with peak winds speeds of 140 mph found near Princeton Circle in Naperville. 

READ: Father’s Day Tornado Was a Severe EF3, Winds Up to 165 mph: National Weather Service

The Naperville twister was the strongest to hit so close to the city of Chicago since 1991, the weather service said.

Survey crews are still assessing damage, with a team heading to Northwest Indiana to look at damage in or near the communities of Hobart, South Haven and Chesterton. 

Only a handful of serious injuries related to the storms have been reported, and no deaths. Officials are crediting early warnings as well as people taking cover for saving lives.


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