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Sunday storms do little damage in Tri-Cities

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 2:02 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 6:52 a.m. CST
(Ashley Sloboda – asloboda@shawmedia.com)
Storm clouds approach Randall Road at Dean Street in St. Charles on early Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kane County.

The storms that prompted the National Weather Service to issue various advisories Sunday – including a tornado watch – did little damage in and near the Tri-Cities, officials said.

With the exception of scattered power outages reported in Geneva, fire departments serving Batavia, Elburn, Geneva, St. Charles and Sugar Grove had nothing major to report after storms cleared early Sunday afternoon.

Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Pat Gengler said in an email that none of the damage – a few downed power lines and some trees across the road – was unexpected.

ComEd posted an update on its website at 2 p.m. Sunday that said an estimated 110,000 customers were affected by the storm, and about 75,000 were, at that time, out of service.

"We currently have crews working diligently to restore service to the customers affected," the utility company said on its website.

By 2 p.m. Sunday, the tornado watch – which had been originally in effect until 4 p.m. – had been removed from the National Weather Service's advisory list for Kane County.

There were, however, reports of tornadoes in other locations throughout the state, including a large tornado that touched down near Peoria, according to the National Weather Service.

Advisories that remained in effect Sunday for Kane County were a flash flood warning until 3:30 p.m. and a wind advisory until 8 p.m.

Wind gusts of 45 to 50 mph were expected.

"There could be a period in the mid to late afternoon with gusts up to 55 mph," the advisory stated. "Wind speeds should ease later this evening."

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