Scanner UPDATES: Power Outages, Structure Fire, Tree Falls on Car, Wires Down as Wave of Thunderstorms Sweeps Through Tri-Cities

Thunderstorms with hail turn day to night Sunday afternoon. Then a number of issues erupt, including power outages.

Day is turned to night as a wave of severe thunderstorms sweeps through the Tri-Cities at around 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The storm brought havok in its wake—everything from lightning strikes, to trees falling on vehicles, to fires, to malfunctioning stoplights, to power outages throughout the area.

Here's a recap of Tri-Com reports and eye-witness accounts. Thank to all the Patch readers who contributed comments and photos.


7:45 p.m.— Power is back up at most West Side locations in Geneva.


4:53 p.m.—Power is out at Delnor Hospital and most of the Geneva Commons. ComEd has been called, because at least one and possibly two transformers are down.

A fire alarm went off at 521 North Randall Road at 4:58 p.m.


4:30 p.m.—Power outage reported at the Reserve. Power was out at the Holmstad in Batavia, but came back on around 3:30 p.m.

A structure fire was reported at 1338 Winsor Court at 4:28 p.m. The general alarm was CANCELLED as of 4:30 p.m.

Burglar alarms are going off, possibly as a result of the power outages.

Power was out on the far-west side of Geneva.


1 p.m.—An accident with possible extrication at Western and Fabyan at around 12:15 p.m. There is a tree that's fallen on a car. A police officer says there is a family is in the car, but no one is hurt.

Lightning strikes a transformer.

A possible fire is reported at Peck and Keslinger roads.

A general alarm fire is reported at Willow and Center in Geneva.

A tree is down on Route 31—not sure where. At 12:39 p.m., Tri-Com reports that Route 31 is blocked south of Main Street in Batavia.

There are reports of wires down at North Kirk Road in Geneva.

The National Weather Service has a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect. Quarter-size hail has been reported.

Patch will update this report when information is available from official sources.

hackerm July 02, 2012 at 03:01 PM
FWIW, the City of St. Charles has a great line for power outages that kept me updated on yesterday's outage. 866-444-0016
Angela Kane July 02, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Dropped 3 substations. Power still out in Sterling Manor
Martha Hanna July 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Staying at the Comfort Inn...A huge branch fell on the main electrical wire to our house and ripped it to the ground, and the branch put a hole in our roof!!! Lots of people from West Chicago staying here at the Comfort Inn too. Thank you to all our neighbors who helped us out.
Joe_N_Geneva July 03, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Ours is back on now but if this ever happens again is there a phone number to call to report an outage or check status in Geneva?
barb kleiva July 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
someone took a photo of my fence down. what you don't realize is the view from the other side. The fence lifted off the posted and flew toward the house. What stopped it from coming into the house and hurting us was the big tree. The fence wrapped itself around the tree.. Thank goodness nobody got hurt.......


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