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BREAKING NEWS: Large storm leaves 1700 without power

Lisa Lubbers of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, sprints toward the entrance of Neptune Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois during a downpour on Thursday afternoon. Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG
Lisa Lubbers of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, sprints toward the entrance of Neptune Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois during a downpour on Thursday afternoon. Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG

DeKALB - An afternoon storm today brought in heavy rains with winds of up to 40 to 50 miles per hour to much of DeKalb County. There have been no confirmed sightings of funnel clouds from today's storm, said Dennis Miller, coordinator of the DeKalb County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. There are electrical wires and some trees down, Miller said, but &#8220no great damage we are aware of.” The banks of the Kishwaukee River have started to overflow, but it is not at the level of great concern yet, Miller said. Areas that have flooded in the past - such as west of Sycamore on Route 64 - are OK, he added. The severe weather did throw a wrench into Northern Illinois University's Move-in Day, but advance warning of the storm allowed officials to get everybody safely inside before the worst weather hit, NIU spokesman Joe King said. &#8220When it began to rain we stopped unloading cars and got most everybody inside,” he said in a phone interview this afternoon. &#8220When the sirens went off, everybody was evacuated to the storm shelters in the residence halls.” Move-in activities resumed once the all-clear was given, though staff and volunteers continued to watch for lightning, King said. Today's storm, and the predicted severe weather for late tonight and Friday, have caused Sycamore High School to postpone its football season opener from Friday evening to Saturday. ComEd restored power around 4:15 p.m. to the area bordered by Bethany Road, Sycamore Road, Annie Glidden Road and the Kishwaukee River, ComEd Spokesman Paul Gallighan said. The outage was caused by a power line wire that came down on Dresser Road, east of Annie Glidden. There were about a dozen reports of individual power outages throughout the county as well. No reports of wind damage were received by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office as of 3:20 p.m. Cortland Mayor Bob Seyller said the traffic signals at Route 38 and Somonauk Road were flashing red because of a power glitch, but there was no wind or storm damage. There was minor flooding, but nothing disastrous for homes, he added. Representatives from the DeKalb County Chapter of the American Red Cross said anyone who needs assistance due to the inclement weather should call (815) 756-7339. For more on this story, continue to return to http://www.daily-chronicle.com for updates or read Friday's Daily Chronicle.

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