After being pelted by a band of severe thunderstorms Monday, DeKalb County residents can expect a little more rain and a sunny Fourth of July to round out the week.
Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said county residents were lucky Monday to have missed the severe storm that sent damaging winds through Iowa.
“We got off very fortunate today,” Sebenste said. “It looked like it could have been bad, but the storms over Iowa were so violent they blew themselves out.”
Sebenste said that the cold air from the strong winds of the storm blew ahead of the storm itself, tempering the storm as it moved into Illinois. While areas west of the Quad Cities in Iowa experienced winds in excess of 100 mph, the strongest winds recorded in DeKalb during the initial storm were 34 mph at NIU and 33 mph at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, Sebenste said.
Jamie Enderlen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said after a second severe thunderstorm hit the area later Monday night, the agency received reports of pea-sized hail and 55 mph winds. In total, the area received between 1 and 2.5 inches of rain by 9:45 p.m., Enderlen said.
The storm did leave almost 900 ComEd customers in DeKalb County without power at different times, said spokesman Paul Callighan. Several hundred customers in and around Malta, Shabbona and other places throughout the county were without power. ComEd also received reports of downed power lines and transformers sparking in DeKalb, Sycamore and Cortland.
"Both sets of storms have come through with high winds and lightning and damaged our equipment," Callighan said. "We know we'll be working the whole night into [today] to get everybody restored."
DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Duda said the department had received a report of some flooding on Route 64 near Schafer Road, as well as a report of a downed tree limb in a yard.
"We're pretty safe up here," Duda said.
In DeKalb, Public Works Director T.J. Moore and public works staff were ready to respond to problems with flash flooding or downed trees. The area was under a flood advisory and flash flood watch for several hours.
“You make sure every gas can is filled, every chainsaw is ready to go, so if we have to go out and clear roads, we can,” Moore said. “You prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”
The rest of the week will not carry any such weather threats, Sebenste said. Residents can expect some showers and thunder showers Tuesday afternoon, but the rest of the week should be dry, considerably cooler and less humid, he said.
Wednesday's temperatures will barely hit 70 and on Thursday they should hover around 77, Sebenste said.
“The Fourth of July looks absolutely beautiful,” Sebenste said.
DeKalb County will see sunny skies, temperatures around 80 degrees and low humidity. Saturday the high will be around 82 degrees with low humidity. On Sunday and Monday, residents could see some rain although Sebenste did not know how much.