National Weather Service: 'Brief Tornado' Hit Plainfield, Romeoville

A tornado also hit Earlville, Illinois.

A downed tree on Lakewood Falls Drive in unincorporated Plainfield. Credit: Shannon Antinori
A downed tree on Lakewood Falls Drive in unincorporated Plainfield. Credit: Shannon Antinori
The National Weather Service on Tuesday confirmed that two EF-1 tornadoes touched down during Monday night's severe storms.

The first twister struck Earlville, located in LaSalle County about 35 miles southwest of Aurora, while the second hit northeast Plainfield and northwest Romeoville, according to the NWS.

"Both tornadoes were embedded within areas of widespread, damaging winds," the NWS reported, categorizing the twisters as "brief tornadoes" and saying full reports on both will be released soon.

An EF-1 tornado can have wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph, compared with the EF-5 tornado that hit the Plainfield area in 1990. An EF-5 twister has wind speeds in excess of 200 mph, and the devastating 1990 storm had winds averaging 300 mph. 

Monday night's winds knocked down trees, tore shingles and siding loose from homes, downed power lines and knocked out power. ComEd on Tuesday said restoring power would be a "multi-day effort."

Residents in both Plainfield and Romeoville reported continued power outages Tuesday.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the Plainfield Police Department, fire department and public works were all without power as well, and working on generators.

Because of the power outages, the Plainfield Police Department could not serve as a cooling center Tuesday, but residents were urged to check out a list of Will County cooling centers if they needed a place to go.

Stratton said cleanup was well under way, and roads had reopened by Tuesday evening.

Despite the severe storm, "We've had very [few] calls with regard to the storm today," Stratton said Tuesday.

In Romeoville, crews could be seen removing downed trees on Tuesday, and the village reminded residents that the Romeoville Recreation Center and Fire Station 3 are open as cooling centers during the day for those without power. Residents without power after 9:30 p.m. were asked to call the Romeoville Police Department.

The Joliet Weather Center called the Plainfield/Romeoville and Earlville tornadoes "brief, small tornadoes," adding, "Not only were they rain wrapped and hard to see but it was night to add on to it."
my conscience July 02, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Tim, yes you are correct that the NWS issued a tornado warning for NW Will County. When there is a tornado warning for NW Will County, I do not know if it is mandatory for the Village tornado warning to be sounded. Will County covers a lot of ground, as does SW Cook County. Did every community in SW Cook County sound their warning sirens? Please understand that I am not trying to shut down your view of the establishment, or your right to question its policies, programs or procedures. I am just suggesting the mayor should explain this to the residents. It is a fair question that many residents want answered - and if Mayor Collins won't answer it then who will?
my conscience July 02, 2014 at 05:40 PM
... in other words, if the following bulletin is issued by the NWS, then does is The Village of Plainfield required by procedure or policy to sound the tornado warning? ____________________________________________________"EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL 958 PM CDT MON JUN 30 2014 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR… SOUTHWEST COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS… NORTHWEST WILL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS… * UNTIL 1030 PM CDT *". ____________________________________________________Or is there some other information or consideration made? What info is needed, and who decides? Does every town in these areas have to sound their alarms? What are the boundaries of "NW" and "SW"? Obviously they cover a large area. If Plainfield is at fault, what other communities are also at fault?
Jason Wydra July 03, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Hi my conscience. If you look at the boundary map of Will County you can see that NW Will County at least covers Joliet and any town north of Joliet and east of it. This includes Plainfield, Bolingbrook and Romeoville.. It is known that Joliet and Romeoville did the right thing by sounding alarms. Bolingbrook and Plainfield DID NOT.. As far as I know, every other city in Northwest Will County DID sound them. Tim is spot on. If the NWS issues the warning for Northwest Will County, then the alarms should be triggered without question.... This storm came in at night which makes it even more important to not sit around and make your own judgement of what cities are in the path. Brant Miller from NBC5 came on TV during the Warning period and showed a map pointing to rotation directly over Bolingbrook. There is no debate warranted as to IF they should have turned them on... They failed. The following days investigation of storm damaged indicated that EIGHT EF1 tornadoes touched within the warning area. EIGHT EF1 Tornadoes!!!!
Michelle July 03, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Jason, well said!
c gab July 06, 2014 at 11:02 AM
SICKENING! With Plainfields history, they should take no chances. There was plenty of proof and I think they got lucky that it wasn't worse and someone wasn't seriously hurt! I know people need to use common sense and if they think they need to take shelter then do it, but alot of times I know we personally feel it's not that serious if the sirens are not going off. In this case, Plainfield officals were wrong!!! In my opinion, the person in charge should be held responsible and FIRED! We don't pay an INSANE amount of taxes to pay idiots! If they can't do there job right then pay someone who will! The same goes for the Mayor, if he wont do something about this mistake...........then he should be out!


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