Three Confirmed Tornadoes Saturday Morning

Many of us were woken up by the sound of emergency alert tones due to severe weather sweeping through the area.

Our phones rang out with the INCREDIBLY loud alarm around 5:30 or 5:45 or so. I was a bit dazed, but coherent enough to grab the kids and hit the basement. We never lost power in my neck of the woods here in Plainfield, but other areas were a bit harder hit.

The National Weather Service confirmed three weak tornadoes touched down: one in Naperville which traveled over Rt. 59 and Neuqua Valley High School, one in Romeoville/Joliet, the other south of Joliet around Manhattan.

They were all EF-0 twisters, but the largest was the first one that hit Naperville. It was on the ground for 4.5 miles and had peak wind gusts of 85 mph. The following tornado that started in Romeoville, very close to the NWS Chicago headquarters, traveled about 4.1 miles into Joliet with peak winds around 70 mph.

The third tornado this cluster produced was the shortest-lived, traveling about three-quarters of a mile with winds hitting 75 mph around Manhattan.