Rockford Scanner™: Stephenson County Tornado Warning Update

Evening everyone, we just wanted to give you all a quick update and round up of the facts.  The Tornado Warning for Stephenson County was allowed to expire around 8:45 pm as the storm quickly showed signs of weakening.  The initial warning came out around 8:27 pm.  According to the NWS in Quad Cities, the warning was issued solely based on the sheriff report of a tornado near Elroy, IL.  At this time there have been no confirmed reports of damage, but if that does change we will be sure to update this post.

It is hard to confirm if there was, in fact, a tornado there or not at this time.  Radar scans from the NWS Quad Cities would be scanning around 5,100 ft with the cloud ceiling in Freeport around that time being down around 1,500 ft.  Meaning the radar was not scanning the lowest elevations and would not be able to see any low-level rotation if it were there.  If we get any updates, we will be sure to update this post!


Tornado Warning For Stephenson County



At 840 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along
a line extending from near Pecatonica to near Rock Falls to near
Tampico. Movement was northeast at 25 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

Locations impacted include…
Dixon, Oregon, Mount Morris, Walton, Byron, Winnebago, Polo,
Pecatonica, Forreston, Durand, Franklin Grove, Lake Summerset, Leaf
River, Nelson, Harmon and Adeline.

Including the following interstate…
I-88 between mile markers 45 and 63.

This includes… Castle Rock State Park, Lowden State Park, Ogle
County Fairgrounds, Sauk Valley College, White Pines State Park, and
Winnebago County Fairgrounds.


Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead
to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded


UPDATE:     NWS has let the warning expire.

The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits, and no longer appears capable of producing a tornado. Therefore, the warning will be allowed to expire. However heavy rain is still possible with this thunderstorm.

Stockton FD: If any of you are getting tornado warnings on your cell, this is due to a funnel cloud being spotted near Lena heading east. To our knowledge our district is in no danger at this time.

Tornado Warning
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
827 PM CDT THU AUG 16 2018

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
  Central Stephenson County in northwestern Illinois...

* Until 845 PM CDT.

* At 826 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Lena, or near
  Freeport, moving northeast at 15 mph.

  HAZARD...Damaging tornado.

  SOURCE...Law enforcement confirmed tornado.

  IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
           shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
           Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree
           damage is likely.

* The tornado will be near...
  Freeport around 835 PM CDT.
  Cedarville around 845 PM CDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include
Eleroy, Scioto Mills, Red Oak, Dakota Dornink Airport, Damascus,
Buena Vista, Mc Connell and Bolton.


To repeat, a tornado is on the ground. TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a
basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy
building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in
a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.



Rockford Scanner™: Semi Rolls Over Near S Beloit




SBPD: South Beloit Police are on the scene of a semi tractor trailer rollover on Gardner Street at I-90. A semi was turning west bound onto Gardner from the I-90 off ramp when it’s load shifted causing the trailer and tractor to tip over. There were no injuries.



Rockford Scanner™: RFD Responding To A Possible Apartment Fire



Just before 7 pm tonight, the RFD were responding to a possible apartment fire.

It happened in the area of the 2900 block of Park Terrace Drive. 

There is reports of a fire inside a kitchen area of an apartment. 

Rockford Fire Department is en route.



Rockford Scanner™: One Person Just Shot in Rockford, Still Developing


On Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5:28 PM members of the Rockford Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Chatham Ln in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival officers located a 31 year old male who sustained a gunshot wound to the knee.

The victim indicated he had no idea he was even injured but heard the sound of gunfire prior to discovering he was struck..

Preliminary investigations has develop no leads as to the cause of this incident.

Injuries sustained by the victim are not life threatening.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the Rockford Police Department or Crimestoppers


Around 5:30 pm several emergency personnel were responding for a shooting victim in Rockford.

It happened in the area of the 2900 block of Chatham

At least one person has been shot near this location.

Unknown on the severity of the injuries or suspect information at this time.

Still developing

UPDATE: Non life threatening injuries.


Rockford Scanner™: Loves Park Police Equip All Their Squads With Cameras



All of the Loves Park Police Department squad fleet is now equipped with in-car video cameras! Citizen and officer safety is a top priority for us and the squad cameras will help to ensure the integrity of our citizens, as well as our police officers.



Rockford Scanner™: Bicyclist Hit By A Vehicle In Loves Park




Around 7:50 am this morning, emergency personnel were responding to an accident in Loves Park. 

A bicyclist has been hit by a vehicle in the 5800 block of N Second st. 

Unknown on the severity of the injuries. Avoid the area. 



Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Injuries Near Machesney Park



Around 7 am this morning, emergency personnel were responding to an auto accident in Machesney Park

It happened in the 900 block of Alpha Drive

Reports of an auto accident near this location. 

Injuries were being reported. 
Unknown on the severity of the injuries. 

Please avoid the area or expect delays. 








The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Dense Fog
Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CDT this morning.

* VISIBILITY…Less than a quarter mile.

* TIMING…Through the morning commute.

* IMPACTS…Low visibilities will create hazardous travel
conditions. Visibility may change suddenly over very short


A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving…slow down…
use your headlights…and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.



Rockford Scanner™: Police Investigating Shots Fired Near Rockton/S Beloit




Sources are reporting shots were fired near Rockton/S Beloit. 

It happened around 2 am in the 14000 block of S Bluff. 

Shots were fired in the area. No reports of injuries at this time. 

Police do confirm a weapons violation.