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Thunderstorms Take Out Trees, Power: Storm Report (UPDATED 1:00 PM)

Tue June 21 2011 9:12 pm
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VIDEO: Trees down, power lines down, Metra train stranded for hours, Arlington Heights Road blocked for hours.

The worst of the storm had passed Arlington Heights and northwest suburbs by 9:15 p.m..

Numerous trees and power lines were brought down by high winds and tree branches that fell on power lines in northwest suburbs.

In Arlington Heights …
A large tree was down in front of 1017 East Mayfair. The tree was down on a corner in the front of the house.

Power lines down at Thomas and Arlington Heights Road forced authorities to block Arlington Heights Road. Arlington Heights Road was blocked from about 9:00 p.m. until about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Large areas of Arlington Heights were without power overnight. Most of downtown Arlington Heights was without power. There is still no power at Dunkin’ Donuts on south Arlington Heights Road at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Stoplights were out at Arlington Heights Road and Thomas.

Mount Prospect storm damage Tuesday night.


Mount Prospect …
Worst area hit appears to be in Mount Prospect near an area from Golf Road and We Go Trail to just south of the intersection of Rand Road and Route 83. Numerous large trees are down, especially, just west of Route 83/Main Street.

Several trees are uprooted, just west of Route 83, between Central Road and Kensington Road. Several blocks on both sides of Route 83, between Kensington and Central are especially hard hit.

A downed power line arcing near a garage at Central and Maple garage fire. Firefighters stood by in case the garage ignited.

A home was also threatened by arcing power lines in the 900 block of Wee Go Trail in Mount Prospect.

Tree branches and whole trees took down, primary power lines and many power line service drops are down — ripping lines off the connections to homes.

1814 Euclid Avenue … power lines down behind residences.

Power was reported out to 288,000 Com Ed customers at the peak of outages after the storm. At 6 a.m. 267,000 Com Ed customers were still without power.

Two people were critically injured at Farragut and Leavitt when the car they were in was crushed by a fallen tree.

Also, Northbrook hit hard.

Trains on the Metra lines were held because of power failures or trees on the tracks. Some trains were stranded for as long as five hours. One train on the Union Pacific northwest line was held, just east of Arlington Heights Road. A train buff who witnessed the train when it started moving, observed that the train was heading outbound on a track that is normally inbound.

Wednesday morning Metra reported at least 5 to 10 minutes delays on the inbound Union Pacific Northwest, Union Pacific West, Milwaukee District North and Milwaukee District West lines due to signal problems in the vicinity of Western Avenue. North Central Service line trains are 10-20 minutes delayed.

No storms forecast for today.

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  • Current Conditions : 43.6F, Overcast - 2:17 PM CST Jan. 21
    Temperature: 43.6°F | Humidity: 91% | Pressure: 29.93in ( Falling) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 1.0mph
  • Monday as of Jan. 21 9:55 AM CST
    Monday - Showers and scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
  • Rest of Today as of Jan. 21 9:55 AM CST
    Rest of Today - Cloudy. Areas of dense fog. Intermittent light rain and drizzle in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
  • Tonight as of Jan. 21 9:55 AM CST
    Tonight - Light showers likely in the evening, then showers and scattered thunderstorms after midnight. Areas of dense fog. Lows around 40. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
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