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One person was injured in a small tornado that hit the Minooka area around 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd. The National Weather Service said an EF-0 tornado formed three miles west-northwest of Minooka at 2:53 p.m. and ended 2.5 miles south of Shorewood at 3:07 p.m.

Weather officials say the small tornado started near Interstate 80 about a mile west of the Minooka exit and was responsible for blowing over a car on I-80 resulting in an injury. The tornado then went on to down at least two wooden utility poles, nearly a half dozen large trees, and numerous large branches.

Trained spotter reports helped to further clarify this was tornado damage. Weather officials also said there was some spotty wind damage just north of the tornado in a subdivision, and just south within the town of Minooka. The tornado had estimated peak winds of 85 miles per hour and was on the ground for 6.3 miles.

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