NWS Confirms EF-1 Tornado Touched Down in Will County

Eric Lenning with the NWS said officials were still working to determine the extent of the damage and the size of the tornado

The National Weather Service on Wednesday confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in far southwest suburban Manhattan Tuesday night. 

Eric Lenning with the NWS said the twister brought maximum wind speeds of up to 95 mph and had a maximum path width of up to 100 yards. It's path extended for at least one mile and it was on the ground for roughly five minutes, Lenning said. 

Cleanup was underway Wednesday morning following the storms, but Manhattan's mayor said no injuries were reported. 

Village officials say a tornado was on the ground for about a minute - but that was long enough to knock down power lines, snap trees and damage a total of about a dozen buildings.

"Overall we fared very well," a post on the village's Facebook page read. "Mostly wind and damage from flying debris." 

Witnesses said it was a terrifying scene, calm at around 7 p.m. when suddenly they described hearing what sounded like a freight train. 

The Manhattan Post Office had its roof peeled back and flooding inside. It will not be open Wednesday, officials said, thankful that the damage wasn't worse. 


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ComEd crews worked through the night to restore power to those impacted by the storms. 

Even with some damage, village officials said all the structures remained intact.

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