Brief power outages, few tree limbs down in wake of storm

By on July 15, 2011

by Sandy Kaczmarski
REGIONAL—For the most part, the Kaneland area was spared from Monday’s intense storms that quickly moved through the area packing winds upwards of 70 miles an hour. With only a few power outages reported in Elburn, Sugar Grove and some unincorporated areas, most power was restored after a few hours.

Metra suspended service on the North, Northwest and Elburn West lines until about 9 a.m. until the storm passed.

ComEd reported about 130,000 customers were affected in the western suburbs following the storm. As of early Wednesday, the utility company said about 182,000 customers remained without power, concentrated mostly north of Chicago. Many may not get the lights back on until this weekend.

Meteorologist Tom Skilling reported on his Facebook page that the fast-moving squall line that blasted through the area covered 1,400 miles through several states, including Illinois. He said some areas in Iowa were hit with 110 to 130 mile-per-hour winds tracked by the National Weather Service, which he said would classifiy as Category 3 hurricane strength.