Rockford Scanner™: Powerlines down in Roscoe

UPDATE: Road reopened around 2:15pm

UPDATE: Around 2:05pm ComEd arrived on scene to fix the downed powerline.

Powerlines are down at Crockett and Burr Oak rd in Roscoe. They are down across the south end of Crockett. The Crockett Rd is closed off at Burr Oak to Necedah Dr until ComEd can come out to repair the downed line. Harlem Roscoe Fire Department is on scene.



Rockford Scanner™: Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northern and Central Illinois until 8 pm tonight.  Scattered damaging wind up to 70 mph is possible, including isolated hail up to lime size, and frequent lightning.  Please have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts this evening and bring in or tie down any loose items that might be in your backyards.

SUMMARY...Scattered thunderstorms will are developing over western
   Illinois and will spread across the watch area through the
   afternoon.  The most intense cells will pose a threat of damaging
   wind gusts and hail.

   The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 60
   statute miles east and west of a line from 50 miles east northeast of Rockford IL to 55 miles west southwest of Mattoon IL. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update.


   REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
   favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
   Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening
   weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible
   warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce


Rockford Scanner™: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Likely For Parts of Illinois

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a mesoscale discussion (MD) for a large portion of Northern and Central Illinois, which you can read below.

In short, there is an 80% chance of an issuance for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, so a watch is likely in the next hour or two.  Damaging winds looks to be the main threat.


   Mesoscale Discussion 0974
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1223 PM CDT Sun Jul 01 2018

   Areas affected...Northern and Central Illinois and Far Northwest

   Concerning...Severe potential...Watch likely 

   Valid 011723Z - 011900Z

   Probability of Watch Issuance...80 percent

   SUMMARY...Strong to severe storms are expected this afternoon across
   northern and central Illinois. The primary threat from these storms will be damaging wind gusts.

   DISCUSSION...Temperatures have risen into the mid to upper 80s
   across much of Illinois with dewpoints in the upper 70s. This has
   led to MLCAPE around 2500 J/kg. Additional destabilization is
   expected through the afternoon as surface heating continues. Storms are expected to form along the cold front (currently in eastern Iowa and Eastern Missouri) and move eastward through the afternoon. Flow is relatively weak on the ILX 12Z sounding, however, low-level flow is forecast to increase to 35 to 40 knots by mid-afternoon. This will lead to a marginal shear environment with effective shear around 25 to 30 knots with most of this shear focused in the lowest 1 to 2 km. Nearly parallel orientation of the cold front to the deeper level flow will limit a greater severe weather threat, however, more robust updrafts could mix down stronger winds, posing a damaging wind threat through the afternoon. The threat will be maximized with any bowing segments which can orient more normal to the low-level flow and accelerate northeastward. A severe thunderstorm watch is likely in the next hour or two to cover this severe wind threat.

Rockford Scanner™: Child Hit By A Vehicle in Rockford



Around 12:50 pm today several emergency personnel were en route to an accident scene. A child was hit by a vehicle.

It happened in the area of Dresden and Ridge. 

Reports are saying a child was hit by a vehicle near this location. 

The child is injured and needs medical attention. 

Unknown on the severity of the injuries at this time. 

Unknown if the vehicle stayed on scene, or fled. 

This is still developing. 


Rockford Scanner™: Tornado Watch for Wisconsin

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Tornado Watch for a large portion of Wisconsin until 7 pm tonight.  A couple tornadoes, hail up to lime size, and scattered wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible this afternoon.

Storms will develop ahead of an approaching cold front this afternoon and evening.  A few scattered supercell may form ahead of the cold front and squall line which will pose the greatest threat for tornadoes.

For the Rockford area, we are under a Slight Risk for Severe Weather with damaging winds up to 70 mph and large hail will be the main threat.  Heavy rain and frequent lightning are also possible. These storms are expected to develop and be in the area after 1 pm through about 5 pm this evening.


Rockford Scanner™: Police Chase Ends Up In A Serious Accident in Rockford




Sources were reporting a police chase that ended up in a serious accident in Rockford.

It happened last night around midnight in the area of 9th st and 6th ave. 

Unconfirmed reports said a vehicle was fleeing from police when it crashed near this intersection. A vehicle hit a pole and a house.

The driver fled the scene, while the passenger was seriously injured.

Sounds like the chase may have originated near 9th and Wills

No suspect information, due to the encryption. 



Rockford Scanner™: Man Tipped His Kayak And Needed To Be Rescued

On 6-30-2018 at 2:57 pm The Janesville Police Department and Janesville Fire Department were dispatched to the Monterey Dam for a water rescue. Officers from the patrol division were the first to arrive on scene. The officers saw a male subject hung up near the dam.

Responding officers shut down traffic on Center Avenue so they could work toward recovering the victim. Officers responded to potential recovery areas down river to offer assistance and further attempt a rescue. Officers made several attempts to reach him in and bring him to safety. Two of our officers went into the water to get a tow line to the victim, with no success as the current was to strong.

Members from The Janesville Fire Department deployed a boat south of the victim. The Janesville Police Department Deployed a Drone to offer additional assistance as well.

Approximately 20 minutes after we were notified of the incident the victim was recovered from the Rock River by The Janesville Fire Department. He was wearing a personal floatation device at the time of incident, which contributed to his safety.

The victim, a 27 year old male was kayaking the rock river in route to a destination in Northern Illinois when his kayak tipped over just north of the Monterey Dam. He became lodged in the area and the current swept him just south of the rail road overpass, where he was eventually rescued. He was treated and released from an area medical facility.