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Storm leaves many DeKalb County residents in the dark

Weather service: Tornado spotted near Somonauk

Many DeKalb County residents are surveying the damage today after a series of strong thunderstorms ripped through the area Wednesday.

The first wave of storms came through around 4:30 p.m. and brought down several trees, power lines and telephone poles in southern parts of the county, including Somonauk and Shabbona, leaving about 5,400 customers in DeKalb County without power, said Paul Callighan, external affairs manager for ComEd.

“We’ve had outages all through the county,” he said.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado was seen near Somonauk in southeast DeKalb County. It touched down south of Suydam Road and Route 23 around 5 p.m.

“The radar was showing strong rotation,” said Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University.

With the storms taking down trees and power lines, Sebenste said the winds were as strong as 60 to 80 mph.

Callighan said there were many trees and power lines down along roads in Shabbona and Somonauk with many power outages in these areas and the Genoa, Waterman and Hinckley areas as well.

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, ComEd was still working to restore power for more than 2,250 customers, he said.

But Callighan said ComEd had prepared for the severe weather earlier Wednesday by opening up a storm command center with extra staffing at its regional headquarters in Rockford. He said crews had also been reassigned to be available on a 24-hour rotating basis to work through the night.

After Wednesday’s whirlwind of storms, Sebenste said today will bring sunnier skies and cooler temperatures with breezy north winds, much lower humidity and highs in the 70s.

Severe weather photos: June 12
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