Wind Damage and Hazard Reports for Wednesday Dec. 15 and Thursday Dec. 16, 2021

A large utility pole carrying ComEd primary lines severed at the base and leaning toward house near Palatine Road west of Windsor Drive in Arlington Heights
A large utility pole carrying ComEd primary lines severed at the base and leaning toward house near Palatine Road west of Windsor Drive in Arlington Heights.

Wind damage and hazards incidents beginning about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2021 for Arlington Heights and nearby municipalities, including some Chicagoland incidents. Note, there were multiple reports of smoke or burning odor from about 2:30 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. throughout multiple north and northwest suburban communities.


08:43 PM — Tree down on a house and car in block of 300 Cedar Circle Court, Streamwood.

8:51 PM — O’HARE WIND S29 G46 MPH, 64°F

8:59 PM — Branch on a power line with initial arcing near Palatine Road and Clyde Avenue. Palatine firefighters report no hazard, but a large area along Palatine Road without power — near Marion Jordan Elementary School.

09:15 PM — Plum Grove Road and Higgins Road power pole hanging over the roadway.

09:21 PM — Dangerous coping at a Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, 259 North Columbus. Very large overhang with serious hazard. Strips of metal involved in hazard. Valet entrance/exit to hotel blocked for safety of people below. 300×35 foot overhang with strips of metal that are undulating and falling at random.

09:22 PM — Report of two transformers that “blew” with a pole leaning over Central Road … stoplights out at New Wilke and White Oak Street. Central Road is blocked between Old Wilke Road and New Wilke Road.

09:24 PM — Several apartment buildings without power in the area near Algonquin Road and Weber Drive (Old Wilke).

09:34 PM — Boston Market, 1000 South Elmhurst Mount Prospect with smoke filling the restaurant from the electric room. Customers and staff evacuated the restaurant. NO FIRE SHOWING/situation stable.

09:51 PM — O’HARE WIND S29 G60 MPH, 63°F

09:57 PM — 700 block of See Gwun Avenue in Mount Prospect, issue with a transformer. Boom and a flash of light from block of 700 South We-Go Trail in Mount Prospect.

10:27 PM — 15551 West Rockland Road Libertyville. Tree down across Rockland Road, and a crashed into the downed tree with power lines down also. Rockland Road is completely blocked.

10:37 PM — McHenry Road and Pauline Avenue in Buffalo Grove. Blown transformer in the area.

10:43 PM — Route 45 and Grass Lake Lindenhurst. Wires down.

10:45 PM — Route 45 and Milburn Road Lindenhurst. A blue flash and then a grass fire.

10:51 PM — O’HARE WIND S37 G59 MPH, 65°F

11:00 PM — Problem with a power line from pole to house in the block of 2000 Martin Lane in Rolling Meadows.

11:03 PM — 21st and Kenosha Road in Zion. Lines down involving a tow truck.

11:13 PM — Mulberry Court and Mayfair power line arcing. Trampoline wrapped around a primary line in the backyard between Mulberry Court, Mayfair Lane and Bernard Drive.

11:20 PM — Block of 800 South Elm Street in Mount Prospect. Power line down in the backyard.

Engine 2's crew comes out after Engine 4 checked earlier -- a large utility pole carrying ComEd primary lines severed at the base and leaning toward house near Palatine Road west of Windsor Drive in Arlington Heights
Engine 2’s crew comes out after Engine 4 checked earlier — a large utility pole carrying ComEd primary lines severed at the base and leaning toward house near Palatine Road west of Windsor Drive and east of Derbyshire Lane in Arlington Heights.

11:20 PM — Block 1200 Milida Court in Arlington Heights. Utility pole leaning on a fence. Firefighters report a utility pole is severed at the base. If it falls it will hit a house.

11:25 PM — Hazard in block of 2200 West Nichols Road in Arlington Heights.

11:51 PM — O’HARE WIND S31 G49 MPH, 66°F


12:09 AM — Block of 1400 Mayfield Lane in Schaumburg. Firefighters report one primary line down in the backyard, and one line tangled up in the trees.

12:24 AM — Knightsbridge Lane and Churchill Road in Schaumburg. Unknown.

12:30 AM — Block of 200 Camel Bend Court in Schaumburg. Tree uprooted and leaning on a house; firefighters checking for structural damage. Firefighters report no significant damage to the house.

12:49 AM — Extra Alarm fire at commercial building at 4328 United Parkway Schiller Park. MABAS Division 21 Box Alarm Box #100 activated at 1:05 AM.

12:51 AM — O’HARE WIND S28 G45 MPH, 64°F

1:17 AM — Higgins and Morningside Drive in Schaumburg. A utility pole down with arcing, and grass starting on fire.

01:51 AM — O’HARE WIND S26 G44 MPH, 65°F

2:27 AM — Unknown Wilmette

2:32 AM — Block of 800 Post Lane in Streamwood. Tree down and power line arcing. Firefighters report a large tree down on primary lines (?), the secondary lines and the service line to a residence … no longer arcing. ComEd notified.

2:33 AM — Riverwoods Police Department, 845 Saunders Road. Arcing power line. Lincolnshire-Riverwoods firefighters report pole-to-pole power lines arcing.

2:43 AM — Block of 600 Trace Drive at Buffalo Ridge Apartments. Smell of something burning.

2:47 AM — Block of 1400 Brownstone Court in Mount Prospect. Transformer explosion.

02:51 AM — O’HARE WIND S23 G47 MPH, 65°F

2:56 AM — Crestview Terrace and St Mary’s Parkway in Buffalo Grove. Arcing at a utility pole.

03:26 AM — Block of 1400 Quaker Lane in Prospect Heights. Smoke in the area.

03:28 AM — Block of 2400 Partridge Lane in Northbrook. Smoke in the area.

03:31 AM — Block of 100 Sunset Place in Lake Bluff. Power lines sparking.

03:38 AM — Block of 1200 West Northwest Highway in Palatine. Odor of smoke in the air. Nothing found.

03:40 AM — Block 300 Mashpee Lane. Backyard filled with smoke. Firefighters report there is an odor of smoke throughout the town.

03:40 AM — Block of 1400 Walters Avenue in Northbrook. Transformer fire.

03:41 AM — Block of 500 Ridge Avenue Elk Grove Village. Smell of smoke in the air, unknown source.

03:46 AM — Block of 23600 North Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. Smoke in the area.

03:47 AM — Block of 2100 South Tonne Drive in Arlington Heights. Odor of smoke smelled in the bathroom in the apartment.

03:49 AM — Block of 300 Park Drive in Northbrook. Outside odor of smoke. Firefighters smelled smoke as soon as they opened the door at the fire station.

03:51 AM — O’HARE WIND S26 G54 MPH, 61°F

03:54 AM — Block of 8800 Robin Drive in unincorporated Des Plaines. Smoke in the area.

03:58 AM — Block of 200 Burlington Circle at Northgate Crossing in Wheeling. Smoke in the area.

04:00 AM — North Maine firefighters report Moon has an orangish color and speculate smoke is from upper air flow from somewhere else.

04:05 AM — Dee Road and Talcott Road in Park Ridge.

4:09 AM — Block of 1300 Hillside Road in Northbrook. Transformer fire.

04:11 AM — Block of 100 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park. Strong smell of smoke in the area.

04:14 AM — Block of 1500 Cloverdale in Highland Park. Strong smell of smoke in the area with haze.

04:14 AM — Firefighters from Lake Forest report they have the same issue throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.

04:16 AM — Block of 700 South Wolf Road in Des Plaines. Outside odor of smoke. Firefighters report a slight odor of smoke from an unknown source; speculate the smoke odor might be from the Box Alarm south of Des Plaines (in Schiller Park).

4:25 AM — Block of 1700 Wilmot Road in Bannockburn. Smoke in the area. RED Center dispatch reports all fire departments have been chasing reports of odor of smoke in the area.

4:45 AM — Block of 0-99 Logan Loop in Highland Park. Smell of smoke in the basement, unknown source.


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