Old neighborhood, every street has a big tree or more down. Lots of chain saws running late last night and early this morning. Few crunched cars, everyone is sfe.
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Aug 11, 20 @ 9:31 am:
Scary for a short time, getting the tornado/severe storm warnings for the area. But it was short-lived, without much rain or damage. Very windy for a minute, with small parts of trees blowing down the sidewalk.
The sounds of generators running all over the suburbs drowned out the normal cicada chorus.
- Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Aug 11, 20 @ 9:40 am:
North side of the city, branches everywhere, every block has a few 6”-12” branches down, full trees down here and there with some smashed cars and tippled motorcycles. A friend was driving through the Rogers Park tornado and had the back window of his car blown out. Everyone seems safe and good thougg
South Suburb (Riverdale/Dolton). Power out since about 4:30pm. South Holland about 70% have no power per; Riverdale 35% per ComEd. Multiple radio calls of downed wires, transformers blowing, and at least one pole sheared off its base before lost power to scanner. Sun out now, dry, warming up. Emptied fridge and freezer, about $20 loss. Roof still on, house intact, car intact. Let’s be careful out there around utility crews in traffic.
For as dark as the sky got and some of the loud thunder and wind I thought we were in for something bad. The radio was talking about 60 mile an hour winds and some places getting 100 mile an hour winds. We lost a little branch and got enough rain to water the plants. I’m glad no damage, but it looked scary for awhile.
According to the mayor last night, no serious damage occurred in DeKalb, though the sirens had sounded for a while. Neighbor’s trampoline got flipped and all the tall plants in the yard (milkweed, sweet corn, sunflowers) went alarmingly horizontal, though we lost very little. Washed lots of small debris from the deck this morning.
Friends in the Quad Cities luckily had only minor damage, but their neighbors had more from trees. Been running their 2 generators ever since. Haven’t heard this morning but suspect he is out cutting up tree limbs at the neighbors.
I’m a bit of an expert on some post WW II historic pre-fab homes. Talked to a lady in Iowa who lost a small part of her roof to the storm, and gave her a couple of guidelines / suggestions on repairing it. Luckily she managed to track down the pieces that can’t be replaced.
While I was on the phone with her, I was parked at a store in Decatur. The weakened storm that came through while I was on the phone had my car rocking like crazy. My wife commented the last time a car rocked like that was the day we visited Meteor Crater and the rim was closed due to high winds. It was bad enough we decided to stop in at friends there and wait out the storm.
- Original Rambler - Tuesday, Aug 11, 20 @ 10:48 am:
Still no power in spotty areas NW Chicago.
What’s Jack Lavin supposed to be complaining about?
Sirens went off in Palatine last night. In W. Palatine, power went out (back later that evening). In E. Palatine, nothing but a bunch of smallish branches on the ground. Didn’t even take out the foam core sign sticking in the ground on a couple of flimsy metal stakes.
- NorthsideNoMore - Tuesday, Aug 11, 20 @ 11:20 am:
I-55 corridor Southwestern burbs lots of large branches down, not to many trees that I’ve seen. Wind was serious for about 40 mins.
- Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Aug 11, 20 @ 11:21 am:
North central Illinois still has a massive power outage. The ComEd outage map is quite sobering. My area also lost phone/cell service into the late evening.
I live in the country, so no water until the power comes back on. Have a generator for the fridge, freezer, and to power the tech, but not enough juice for the well and associated purification equipment.
We’ve lived here for over twenty years and the longest outage we’ve had was 28 hours (ice storm in 2018). I think this will beat that record.
We have an old neighborhood with big oaks. Lot of downed branches and leaves but no big trees down in our immediate area. The wind was incredible and the rain is welcome. Plant oaks if you are replacing trees. They support hundreds of different animals and insects.
Large branches down on every street. No sign of ComEd but Chicago Streets and San forestry was out early. I’m off to buy gas to refill the generator. Needless to say, I am not working from home today, but surfing friend’s houses where I can get cell and internet service.
My neighborhood in RI Co is doing well. A lot of weak trees were taken out in the 2013 and 2009 derechos. However, our breezeway back wall bowed out and the storm door was shattered. No power, water conservation order, maybe for a few days. Got through to insurance but the contractor’s number has been busy all day.