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BREAKING: Minimal damage, no tornadoes reported in Kendall County

Storm clouds pass through an Oswego neighborhood during a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service early Thursday afternoon.
Storm clouds pass through an Oswego neighborhood during a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service early Thursday afternoon.

There has been minimal damage and no tornadoes spotted in Kendall County following a severe thunderstorm Thursday afternoon, according to weather and emergency officials.

Joe Gillespie, director of the Kendall County Emergency Management Agency, said the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at about noon for Kendall, LaSalle and DeKalb Counties. He said the service's procedure is to go into a tornado warning after seeing radar-indicated rotation in southeast Kendall County, and that's when the county's emergency agency activated the tornado sirens.

As of 12:40 p.m., Gillespie said, there hasn't been any damage reported or no reported tornadoes by storm spotters trained by the National Weather Service, law enforcement or fire officials.

"But that does not mean there wasn't one," Gillespie said.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Oswego Fire Protection District firefighters were summoned to a report of downed power lines and trees in the vicinity of Locust and Hickory streets in Oswego's Brookside Manor subdivision, north of Route 71. Afternoon kindergarten and early childhood classes also were canceled as of 12:46 p.m. for Thursday, May 16, according to the Yorkville School District 115 Facebook page.

Amy Seeley, meteorologist for National Weather Service, said there were no tornadoes reported in Kendall or DeKalb counties Thursday afternoon after the tornado warning expired in Kendall County. She said there were a lot of other callers that provided information about other weather conditions like penny-size hail resulting from the storm as it passed through the two counties.

"We have had rotation but we don't have an exact city," Seeley said.

As of 12:30 p.m., Seeley said the only place there might have been a tornado was LaSalle County near Sheridan, but right now it's only a possibility.

"We’re still trying to look at current stuff going on," Seeley said.

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