Severe storm causes headaches, minimal damage across McHenry County

Reports of severe weather Wednesday evening caused some scares, but for the most part, McHenry County emerged unscathed from the unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds that rolled through the Midwest.

Other areas weren’t so lucky.

A tornado touched down in Somonauk, a village about 20 miles south of DeKalb and west of Plano, at 4:56 p.m. Emergency officials in Winnebago County reported several small tornadoes touched down briefly. No damage was reported.

Two tornadoes touched down in northern Iowa late Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

In the small town of Belmond, Iowa, about 90 miles north of Des Moines, Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman’s Steaks & Provisions restaurant, said a tornado swooped through his business parking lot and demolished part of the building. No one was in the restaurant at the time.

The area the weather service considered to be under heightened risk of dangerous storms included 74.7 million people in 19 states.

More than 13,400 customers across northern Illinois lost power from downed lines and trees, according to ComEd’s website.

Airlines have canceled more than 120 flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Metra commuter rail service stopped all inbound and outbound trains from Chicago because of the storm. By the time trains started rolling again, some of them were 90-plus minutes behind schedule.

McHenry County Historical Society’s Perkins Players performance and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s speaking engagement at the Nunda Township Republican Committee meeting were both canceled.

Wednesday night’s White Sox game was postponed. A symphony concert scheduled at the city’s downtown Millennium Park was canceled.

Northwestern University canceled classes and finals scheduled for Wednesday night at its Chicago and Evanston campuses.

Despite the storm, Game 1 of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks took place at the United Center.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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