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Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, Inducing damage

A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than a hundred houses, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing numerous injuries, officials said.

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Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, Inducing damage

At least five people, including a girl who was in critical condition, were hospitalized in Naperville, in which 16 houses were abandoned"uninhabitable" and dozens of other houses were damaged when a tornado touched down after 11 p.m. Sunday, said city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche.

More than 120 additional reports of property damage was received by 5 a.m. Monday in the suburb of 147,500 individuals that's about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Chicago. Those were anticipated to grow as taxpayers surveyed the damage, '' she said. About 450 electricity outages were reported.

"We are fortunate that it wasn't worse," LaCloche stated Monday morning. "We have a great deal of utility poles and electric wires down, and tree damage."

Video showed a number of large trees downed and damage to houses and vehicles. Some gas leaks were reported from Naperville, and crews went door to door closing off lines, LaCloche said.

Officials in the local village of Woodridge explained a tornado damaged at least 100 structures. The village's fire chief said three people were taken to hospitals, but he could not provide more detail on their accidents during a Monday press conference.

Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham said early warnings people to take shelter and likely minimized the number of injuries.

"It was a nighttime event, a lot of folks were sleeping, weren't conscious of what was going on," he explained. "The early warning made people to shelter. Along with also the simple fact that there is just 3 people injured and the amount of devastation that's from the community, it's just wonderful." Her 16-year-old son, Nate, said he was watching TV once the storm swept through and he raced to help his mum get his three sisters to the basement.

"I only heard a loud crash and I am thinking,'Oh, what are my brothers up to?' I go look and I see the skies, then I hear my brothers screaming from the area," he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mayor Gina Cunningham called the damage to homes and other property in the village"extensive."

"I am just emotional since it's devastating to drive through the community that I grew up in and worked in and discuss with so many terrific neighbors," she explained.

The agency said one tornado likely caused damage in Naperville, Woodridge and Darien.,

Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Romeoville, Illinois, stated the same storm is Thought to have rolled through Naperville, Woodridge and Darien, and may have also caused damage in Burr Ridge, about 20 miles (32 km ) southwest of Chicago,

"If there were no deaths -- and there haven't been any documented to us -- that's good news considering the people of the area, the level of harm and the time of day, following 11 p.m. when many folks may be asleep," Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, stated.

Radar also showed storm rotation over a lot of other areas of suburban Chicago, and in northwestern Indiana in the Hobart and South Haven regions, Friedlein said.

Severe storms hit other parts of the Midwest. A tornado damaged several buildings and knocked down power lines and trees from southern Iowa on Sunday night. Gusting winds and drenching rains moved through portions of Michigan late Sunday and early Monday. In Missouri, a thunderstorm with powerful winds whipped through parts of the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

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