More than 3,500 people in McHenry County remained without power Tuesday evening, following a severe thunderstorm that passed through the area Monday, according to ComEd’s outage map.
Monday’s storm packed 100 mph winds with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan.
During Monday’s storm, McHenry County’s 911 center processed 172 incoming nonemergency calls, mostly for residents calling for downed trees and wires, 93 emergency calls and 102 outbound calls for organizations such as ComEd or road districts, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said in an email.
The 911 center handles dispatching for 10 other police agencies, the sheriff’s office and four fire departments in the county.
It takes incoming phone calls for those agencies, and also monitors their radio traffic and make outbound calls, Rogers said.
Rogers said the sheriff’s office handled 39 roadway obstructions, including trees, wires down, debris and three accidents, with no injuries reported for any of them. The sheriff’s office also received eight calls for outside assistance to other police or fire agencies, including helping with trees and wires down in other jurisdictions.
Harvard Police Deputy Chief Tyson Bauman said the Harvard Police Department got 11 weather-related calls for service on Monday.
“We did get a lot of [calls] for trees and branches down as well as wires down calls,” he said.
Of those 11 calls, there were no traffic crashes, but there were five calls for wires being down, and one for a stalled car in the road that tried to drive through deep water.
The road around East McKinley and North Jefferson Street was closed for about 20 minutes, Bauman said, and police opened it back up when the water receded.
In northern Illinois, the National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 92 mph near Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, and the storm left downed trees and power lines that blocked roadways in Chicago and its suburbs. After leaving Chicago, the most potent part of the storm system moved over north-central Indiana by late afternoon.
As the county continued its cleanup Tuesday, ComEd worked to repair lines, telling some customers that they might not see power restored until Saturday.
A total of 3,772 customers in McHenry County remained affected by outages about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, down from 16,535 as of 8:30 p.m. Monday and slightly down from 5,270 Tuesday morning, according to ComEd.
ComEd said on Twitter it has restored power to 478,000 customers in the Northern Illinois region, but they’re expecting it will take multiple days to restore service to all customers.
The company has 131,891 customers in McHenry County, according to ComEd’s website. Many of the outages throughout the county were listed as “pending assessment.”
In Crystal Lake, 380 residents continued to experience power outages Tuesday evening, and another 91 were without power in Woodstock, down from 531 earlier in the day. A total of 446 people remained affected by outages in Harvard, according to ComEd’s website.
A phone message left for ComEd was not returned on Tuesday. On Twitter, the electric company said the storm caused significant damage throughout its service area, with downed power lines and poles, broken limbs and tree-related damage.
“Our employees are working around the clock and mutual assistance crews are coming in from other states to help restore power,” according to ComEd.