Multiple Reports of Downed Powerlines, Wires and Minor Fires


After seeing strong and severe thunderstorms on Tuesday night, Wednesday has delivered another weather concern to the Stateline: very strong winds.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 8 PM for the counties of Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Whiteside, Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, DeKalb, Boone, and McHenry. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Green, Rock and Walworth Counties until 8 PM.

The winds will remain strong through the evening, but are going to decrease tonight and Thursday.

The winds are likely to blame for many reports of downed wires and power lines, as well as many fires–most of which were minor–across the region. ComEd employees as well as local fire departments were out in full patrol, and were on their feet all day long responding to calls.

One of the minor fires occurred on Rockford’s west side early Wednesday afternoon. It was likely caused by downed power lines near the home, which led to an electrical box sparking and catching fire on the south side of the house. The family was evacuated for a few hours as firefighters searched the home to ensure it was safe.

District Chief Marc Wortman of the Rockford Fire Department urges anyone who sees a downed power line to call ComEd and stay away from it as it could still potentially be active.

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