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Storms cause power outage in Minooka

Grundy County remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Monday.

As of 8:15 p.m. ComEd was reporting about 1,200 customers were without power in the Minooka area.

Grundy County is under a flood advisory until 10:30 p.m., and a flash flood watch until 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The flash flood watch is due to the 2 to 3 inches of rain possible by early Tuesday morning. Flash flooding may cause roads to be closed and impassible and cause area rivers to rise.

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebsenste said the region was fortunate in that the weather that rolled through Monday evening didn't cause more severe damage, and predicted residents can expect a little more rain and a sunny Fourth of July to round out the week.

“It looked like it could have been bad, but the storms over Iowa were so violent they blew themselves out," he said.

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.

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