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Fast-moving storm hits Kane County

A fast-moving storm dumped heavy rain in the area in a short period of time, but did not seem to cause any major damage as of at least 9 p.m. Monday.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Don Bryant, director of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management. "The storms kind of dissipated as they approached our area."

At approximately 3:50 a.m. today,  Kane County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Thomas and McDonald roads in Burlington Township for a report of a Ford Taurus that had driven into a part of the roadway that had been completely washed out, according to a press release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office. The Taurus was reportedly completely underground and the two occupants were trapped inside the vehicle.

Prior to their arrival a second vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, had driven over the vehicle first vehicle, the release stated. Upon deputies arrival, they located the vehicles on Thomas Road, approximately a quarter mile north of McDonald Road. 

Fire personnel had to extricate the two people from the Taurus. Both occupants of the Taurus were transported to Kishwaukee Hospital in Sycamore with apparent non-life threating injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck was treated and released at the scene. 

The area is rural in nature and there are no streetlights in the area. Thomas Road between Middleton and McDonald roads will be closed indefinitely because of the damage to the roadway. No tickets were issued as a result of the crash.

A funnel cloud was reported south of Route 30 in Aurora, which set off sirens in the North Aurora, Aurora and Sugar Grove area. But the funnel cloud did not touch down and was not confirmed as being a tornado, Bryant said.

Bryant said he heard reports of heavy rain falling in western Kane County.

"I haven't heard any reports of any type of flooding or any reports of significant damage," Bryant said.

His office in Geneva was running on a backup generator for about an hour after the power went out, he said.

Lt. Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff's Office, said damage was limited to a few trees down near Sugar Grove and a traffic light that went out.

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebsenste said area residents were lucky Monday to have missed the severe storm that rolled through Iowa.

“We got off very fortunate today,” Sebenste said. “It looked like it could have been bad, but the storms over Iowa were so violent they blew themselves out.”

Sebenste said that the cold air from the strong winds of the storm blew ahead of the storm itself, tempering the storm as it moved into Illinois.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Kane County until 3 a.m. today.

• Shaw Media reporter Katie Dahlstrom contributed to this report.

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