2nd UPDATE: Storm Slams Tri-Cities, Trees and Wires Go Down
A brutal Saturday afternoon storm sent loose objects to the ground everywhere. Here are more photos of the damage, added early Sunday morning.
A severe thunderstorm came through the Tri Cities quickly and savagely on Saturday afternoon, causing trees, power lines and loose structures to crash to the ground.
Strong winds blew rain sideways as people hurried to get out of the rain. Patch observed the worst parts of the storm between 3:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
A tree and wires went down blocking Mallory Avenue between Wilson and First streets. Batavia Electric was on the scene to address the damage. A tree and wires went down at Prairie and State streets, with the wires arcing.
Patch observed parts of trees down all over Wilson Street, Route 25 and Route 31.
The following Geneva neighborhoods had reported power outages:
- South side of Mill Creek
- Brittany Court in Geneva, at about 3:45 p.m.
- Hughes Creek Golf Course
- Fisher Farms since about 4 p.m.
- No power 500 block of Fulton
- Burgess-North at South & Western
- Sunset Prairie
- Randall Square
- Geneva Commons shops
- Pepper Valley (west end) since 4 p.m.
- Williamsburg since about 4:45 p.m.
- Sterling Manor
Power in Geneva was later restored to most areas after 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to reader reports.
A Patch reader said a tent went down at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark campus during Saturday's storms, possibly injuring two people. A representative of the Kane County Cougars told the Kane County Chronicle that some people had been transported by ambulance for a "storm-related incident." The rep did not elaborate on the situation at the time.
Schedule Changes for Area Events
Shakespeare on Clark's "The Taming of Shrew," held on Clark Island in Batavia, was canceled for Saturday, Aug. 4. The show will resume on Aug. 5 with its regular 6 p.m. Sunday show, said Director Julane Sullivan. (A previous report about an 8 p.m. show was incorrect.)
The Art in Your Eye fine art festival on the Batavia Riverwalk will resume today, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival ended early on Saturday when the storm rolled into town. Some tents were damaged during the storm, but the majority of tents appeared stable 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Lollapalooza musical festival in Chicago's Grant Park resumed after about 2.5 hours of being shut down. The event was halted and evacuated at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon due to the pending storm. The grounds were hit with rain, but were reopened at about 6 p.m. Saturday.
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