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UPDATE: Severe Storm Blows Into Tri-Cities Tuesday

Some tree branches came down, and wind gusts of over 57 mph were reported nearby. Here's what else happened.

A severe thunderstorm blew at the Tri-Cities and Kane County Tuesday evening, and tree damage was reported in the area.

A tree limb fell and sat on a wire on the 100 block of north Harrison Street in Batavia, police said. Electric workers were called out to the scene.

There were also reports of obstruction on Crissey Avenue in Geneva (Route 25 south of Route 38 and north of Fabyan Parkway). The road was clear by early Wednesday morning.

There were wind gusts of 57 mph per hour recorded in Sugar Grove by a weather station at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday. Residents in Elgin reported a thunderstorm wind gust of 60 mph and small tree branches down at 10:20 p.m.

Power went out briefly in an area of South Elgin west of Randall Road, a resident reported.

The National Weather Service warned that strong winds would start off the storm before any actual rain or lightning.

Forecast For Today (Wednesday, Sept. 5)

Another system of showers and storms will continue to move east across the area through 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Light and brief heavy rain will be seen under some of the storms, according to the National Weather Service. Rainfall amounts will mostly be under one quarter-inch.

Wind gusts are expected between 25 and 30 mph.

The rest of the day will be overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. There is a 70 percent chance of rain with a high of 88 degrees.

Wicked Warnings

Kane County was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Before that, it was a storm warning until 11:45 p.m.

At about 11 p.m. Tuesday, National Weather Service Doppler radar showed a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. These storms were located along a line extending from 6 miles northeast of Ladd to Naperville to 17 miles northeast of Glencoe, moving southeast at 40 mph.

Here was the initial warning:

"AT 958 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM KENOSHA TO ROUND LAKE TO LAKE IN THE HILLS TO GENOA TO HILLCREST TO FRANKLIN GROVE.

"MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH. IN ADDITION...AROUND 942 PM WINDOWS WERE REPORTED BLOWN OUT IN BELVIDERE AND A WIND GUST TO 65 MPH WAS MEASURED SOUTH OF ROCKFORD AIRPORT WITH THESE STORMS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR ... ST. CHARLES AND ROSELLE AROUND 1025 PM CDT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

"WIND DAMAGE WITH THIS STORM WILL OCCUR WELL AHEAD OF ANY RAIN OR LIGHTNING. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE SOUND OF THUNDER BEFORE TAKING COVER. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS."

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