‘Tremendous amount of damage’: 1 critically hurt in Naperville after tornado

More than 130 homes in one subdivision damaged; 10 families displaced

At least one person was critically injured and four others were hurt in Naperville after a tornado Sunday damaged more than 130 homes in a subdivision on the city’s far east side, fire officials said.

Naperville, Woodridge and Darien sustained the worst damage, the National Weather Service reported.

Storm sirens blared in Naperville at 11:07 p.m., about three minutes before reports of a tornado touching down in a neighborhood just south of 75th Street and Ranchview Drive, city officials said Monday morning.

Ten families were displaced, Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said. Firefighters rescued residents of one home that was “completely leveled.”

“We’re very fortunate to get those two people out,” Puknaitis said.

Five people were taken to Edward Hospital; one is listed in critical condition while the other four suffered noncritical injuries, officials said.

“You could see with the debris from the trees and the windows everything else, it caused just a tremendous amount of damage in a quick period of time,” Puknaitis said as helicopters surveyed the toll overhead. “It’s a miracle that we didn’t have any fatalities here.”

So far, sixteen houses were deemed uninhabitable by city inspectors. As of 5 a.m., the city has received 125 reports of property damage within the tornado area. Ten people from three homes were taken to a relocation point, and the Red Cross and Salvation Army are helping displaced families.

Nicor was immediately brought into the area to shut off gas to damaged homes. By 2:05 a.m., crews reported there were no active gas leaks.

Multiple utility poles on Bailey Road were downed during the storm. Roughly 450 customers are without power in the area of Bailey Road to the north, Washington to the west, Naper Boulevard to the east and Bourbon Lane to the south. The poles and the lines will need to be replaced before power can be restored to the area.

Bailey Road is currently closed between Washington and Naper Blvd., and 77th Street is closed at Muirhead and Wehrli.

Public works crews also are working to clear trees from roadways.

Ranchview Drive is open to traffic.