Severe storms that brought strong winds, rain and hail into the Chicagoland area Wednesday night did not cause much apparent damage in Grundy County, local officials say.
The National Weather Service had issued numerous watches and warnings for Grundy County, alerting the area to severe thunderstorms and possible flooding and even tornadoes.
Jim Lutz, director of the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency, said there were numerous reports of rotating clouds, but none were confirmed in the county.
There was no major flooding and damages caused seem to have been minor, consisting mostly of downed power lines and tree branches, as well as power outages.
“There were no reports of serious damage,” Lutz said.
Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan and Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said their departments had not received any calls about storm damage.
Fears of flooding on the Illinois River by Marseilles, which is still recovering from severe flooding in April, also did not materialize, according to Marseilles Police Chief James Hovious.
“There was a little flash flooding, but nothing that required action,” Hovious said.
The storms did produce heavy rains, which poured 2.76 inches of precipitation over Morris, according to the Grundy County Emergency Operations Center.
There were numerous power outages across the region, but damages were not as bad as ComEd had expected, said Ashley Dennison, a spokesperson for ComEd.
According to Dennison, the number of outages peaked at 9 p.m. Wednesday with 3,900 across ComEd’s total system.
As of press time, there were 2,055 still without power in ComEd’s system, which covers most of Northern Illinois.
Most of those remaining outages are in the southern and western parts of the company’s system. ComEd expected power to be restored by Thursday evening, Dennison said.
The company expected twice as many outages, Dennison said.
“We experienced damage that was far less than we anticipated,” Dennison said. “We are grateful it wasn’t worse than it was because we know it could have been.”