Tornado in Plainfield and Bolingbrook April 26

A small tornado touched down at Route 126 and Eastern Avenue in
Plainfield at 258 pm CDT and continued for 3.2 miles to near Patrick
Henry Parkway and Essington Road in Bolingbrook around 309 pm. The
tornado path width was only about 5 yards wide. The tornado was
rated EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds estimated at 65 to
near 80 mph.
 
The first damage was at a nursing home just northeast of downtown
Plainfield. An SUV in the parking lot was flipped on its side and a
couple other vehicles were jostled. There was roof damage to the
nursing home where shingles and a couple small sections of roofing
were torn off.
 
The funnel then passed over an older neighborhood with mature trees
and ranch homes. There was no visible damage in this area. The large
trees may have sheltered the neighborhood. The funnel then moved
over an area of lakes with very few homes. There was a report of a boat
damaged near 135th Street.
 
The next signs of damage were in a subdivision just southwest of the
corner of Essington Road and 127th Street. This is a new subdivision
with large two story homes and only small trees. These homes were
more exposed. Here there was minor damage to several homes. Most of
the damage was to shingles and playground equipment. The tornado
continued into another subdivision north of 127th where trampolines
and lawn furniture were blown around by the twister. The flying
debris damaged siding on a few homes. The tornado damage ended in a
subdivision under construction on the east side of Essington Road
where a construction trailer was damaged. The funnel dissipated over
Bolingbrook Golf Club.
 
 


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