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Storms cause area power outages

The power went out for some McHenry County Com-Ed customers after thunderstorms caused downed power lines.
The power went out for some McHenry County Com-Ed customers after thunderstorms caused downed power lines.

Early morning thunderstorms left some in McHenry County without power and caused multiple downed power lines Sunday. 

In total, 56,000 people in ComEd’s regional service area were affected by the power outages, ComEd spokesman John Schoen said. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, that number was down to 2,600.

At 1:09 p.m. Sunday, 1,335 customers in McHenry County were without power, according to Com-Ed’s website. Lake County had 5,654 customers without power. Customers started getting their power back throughout the day. By
6:30 p.m., eight customers in Wonder Lake, 20 in McHenry, 21 in Crystal Lake, five in Fox Lake and 899 in Lakemoor still were without power, among others in the area.

Schoen said the storms that came through had “pretty heavy winds,” with gusts of more than 60 to 70 mph, which caused the outages.

“[There was] lots of lightning as well,” Schoen said. “With wind and lightning, you can get poles down, wires down, trees and branches can fall into wires.”

Schoen said these storms began about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The McHenry Police Department sent a Nixle alert Sunday morning urging motorists to avoid Curran Road between Draper Road and Chickaloon Drive because of downed wires, but these roads were opened later that morning.

At 8:13 a.m., the Lake in the Hills Police Department sent a Nixle alerting people that East Oak Street was closed between Birch and Pine streets because of a tree down across the road. The road reopened at 9:06 a.m., police said.

Schoen said workers would be out “as long as it takes” to get people’s power back on.

“In a situation like this, [when there’s a storm] they’re usually on for about 16-hour shifts,” he said.

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