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Little damage reported from storms in Kane County

Kane County was able to get through Wednesday evening's storm with little reported damage, officials said Thursday.

Though a tornado watch was issued for Kane County and other areas until 11 p.m., the bulk of the storm hit Shabbona Lake and Somonauk in DeKalb County and Yorkville in Kendall County, according to Andrew Krein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Romeoville office.

Krein said a weather spotter did see a funnel cloud around 5:30 p.m. in South Elgin near Route 31 and Stearns Road, but he said that doesn't mean a tornado actually touched down. Another funnel cloud was spotted in Aurora, he said.

The National Weather Service planned to deploy a damage assessment team Thursday to portions of eastern Lee County, far southern DeKalb County and Kendall County. The team also planned to investigate areas from Paw Paw and Shabbona toward Plano and Yorkville.

Krein said the most damaging parts of the storm stayed farther to the south, centering on Kankakee and traveling to Valparaiso in northwest Indiana.

"There was quite a bit of heavy rainfall, but it seemed to be centered mostly on Kendall County and into northwest LaSalle County," Krein said.

But certain parts of Kane County did get some hail, heavy rain or a weather-related power outage.

Sugar Grove and North Aurora saw hail that reached an inch or almost an inch in diameter. Larger hail fell in Aurora, reaching up to 1.25 inches. Heavy rain – nearly 2 inches – fell in Sugar Grove, as well, Krein said.

In Geneva, Public Works Director Dan Dinges said storms caused a tree branch to fall on some electric lines, knocking out power for about 20 customers around 9 p.m. in the area of Fargo Boulevard and south on Dunstan Road. Power has been restored there, he said.

"Other than that, we got through without too many issues," he said.

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