DIXON – Severe thunderstorms hit Lee and Ogle counties Friday night, causing power outages for about 4,400 ComEd customers in those areas.
The north side of Dixon, particularly along Brinton Avenue, saw some of the heaviest damage, according to city officials. There were several reports of downed trees and wires. Franklin Grove also caught the brunt of the storms.
At 8:33 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Lee County. The warning was the result of the tracking of a line of storms capable of producing winds in excess of 70 miles an hour. The storms were moving east from the Franklin Grove area and picking up steam through Lee, Ogle and DeKalb counties.
The tornado warning expired at 8:45 p.m. and severe thunderstorm warnings continued throughout the area until 9:30 p.m.
Almost 2,400 customers in the two counties had their power restored by 8:45 p.m., ComEd spokesman Paul Callighan said.
About 2,500 customers in the Dixon area lost power, he said. All but 1,800 had been restored by 8:45 p.m., he said.
Callighan said he was unable to estimate when all customers would have power restored, saying damage was still being assessed.
“We’ve got folks who will be working through the night on the outages,” he said.
Lightning and falling tree limbs hit power lines, causing the outages, Callighan said.