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.

Fred Ullrich July 01, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Power out in Pepper Valley since 4:20pm. Stay cool
Lois Lane July 01, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Why would the power go out so late when the storm hit around noonish????
Jeff July 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Why does com ed have to be called? I thought geneva ran the infrastructure.
Rob Brundige July 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
6:15 and we're back up with power! South st, east of western. :-)
Fred Ullrich July 01, 2012 at 11:53 PM
6:50pm power still out in Pepper Valley. Hopefully power will be back soon. Have not had this long of an outage in several years. Is my memory correct?
Tony Pronenko July 02, 2012 at 12:13 AM
7:11 power still out on Richards east of Anderson.... c'mon already... now its just gettin old..
G.Ryan July 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Rt 59 in Warrenville and West Chicago street lights were down for miles with trees split in half all over the roads.
Joel July 02, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Heard that west side geneva might b out until mon afternoon
Tony Pronenko July 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Spoke too soon.. we're back up!
Angela Kane July 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Power came back on in Sterling Manor after 6. Not fun. Makes me feel really sorry for those people out east who might be without power for a week. We got off easy.
Joe_N_Geneva July 02, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Power just came back on 7:40 near Bricher and Greenwich Square. 3.5 hours out. Could have been worse.
Leia C. July 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Power came back on at Brittany Court about 7:45 ish.
Mrs HK July 02, 2012 at 01:45 AM
ComEd sells it to Batavia.
kathryn July 02, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Power out in Westhaven at Heartland and Peck Road. Went off around 5:45am..still off.
SuzyQ July 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Power still out at Fargo and Sunset this am.
Kerri Reese July 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
yeah power was on last night at fargo and randall then woke up to no power ???
Gil Dizon July 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
No power at 2200 block of Fargo since 5:30 a.m. Monday a.m. Strange.
Runamuck July 02, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Power still out in Sterling Manor, out since 5:45am this morning.
Kerri Reese July 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
yeah I know...thought maybe there was another storm overnight as the grass and pavement looked like it had rained...was puzzled by the lack of power this am
Beth Bales July 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
There was something on the scanner about 5:25, 5:30 this morning about a transformer blowing on Gary Lane.
Arthur Dietrich July 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
When do we get power back. Never experienced this in the 20 years ive lived here.
Kerri Reese July 02, 2012 at 02:04 PM
usually they are pretty quick with it however with west chicago being as messed up as they are (most of the town is still out of power), not sure how high of a priority we are...and not sure how quickly they can fix a blown transformer...crossing my fingers it is quick!
Angela Kane July 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Just got a email from city power department. Reportedly Com Ed "dropped" a couple transformers. Geneva is working with them to get power restored. Let's hope it won't be long. Gonna be a hot one today. Yes, Sterling Manor power is out.
Kerri Reese July 02, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Angela Great news...thanks for the info at least we know they know about us and are working on it :)
Bob Baker July 02, 2012 at 02:48 PM
What does dropped a couple transformers mean?
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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