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Power returns for most Morris residents

MORRIS – Most residents had their power restored by noon Friday, according to Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes.

“There were still a few hundred out of power on Thursday when I spoke with ComEd,” Steffes said in a phone interview Friday just before noon. “They called this morning and said they’d be working on the ones and twos that were still out.”

A worker for BBC, a subcontractor of ComEd who has been working in the area to restore power after Monday’s storm, said most of his crews would be pulling out of the area, and only a couple of crews were still finishing up just before noon on Friday.

Steffes said fire calls have returned to normal, with calls for downed or live wires diminishing as the power has been restored to most residents.

Media relations contacts at ComEd did not return calls for more information.

New information released by the National Weather Service confirms there was an EF-0 tornado that touched down in Grundy County north of Morris on Monday night.

“We’ve conducted an aerial search of the area on Thursday and found a visible path through the corn north of Morris,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ricky Castro said Friday morning.

He said the service determined the difference between a tornado and straight line winds by the observance of an actual path.

He said the weather service received many photographs of the damage in the Morris area, but it is hard to make a determination off a photo so meteorologists rely on aerial surveys.

An EF-0 tornado has wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph.

The tornado’s path was north of Morris between Route 47 and Lisbon Road.

He said in comparison there were straight line winds recorded up to 90 mph closer to Morris, which in most cases cause more significant damage than an EF-0 tornado.

“Prior to the aerial view, there was no conclusive evidence,” Castro said.

He said it’s typical to see enhanced pockets of damage from straight line winds south of the tornado, which coincides with damage witnessed in Morris.

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