UPDATE (11:12am): ComEd spokesman Paul Callighan tells Eyewitness news almost 10,000 customers lost power. The worst hit was Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties. 8,700 homes were affected. As of this publication, 6,900 are still without power.
In Winnebago and Boone counties, 2,200 customers lost power. All but 300 of them had their power restored.
Callighan says crews are working feverishly to restore power. But, it will take time given the sheer number of outages.
WTVO/WQRF -- Winds approaching 75 miles per hour downed trees, knocked out power lines, and forced the closure of a section of U.S. 20 between Lena and Stockton early Tuesday morning. While damage was extensive in some areas, however, there were no injuries reported.
Most of the damage was from downed trees, lightning, flying debris, and in a few cases in the Roscoe and Rockton areas, attached garages being blown down by high wind gusts.
In one case, Roscoe resident Lynn Bergstrom called the fire department after a tree branch penetrated through the roof of her bedroom. She was not in the room at the time, and no one was hurt.
ComEd reports about 5000 customers in Stockton, Freeport, Rockford and Roscoe were without power Tuesday morning.