Rockford Scanner™: Strong Winds Bring Power Outages & Rolled Vehicles. Roads Flooding

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Rochelle PD

As you know today’s weather has been very windy and lots of flooding going on.  Comed has been dealing with power outages all day. At the time of writing this, there is good news. Only 200 customers are without power.

Strong winds has caused havoc in the area.  Power lines down, large vehicle blown off the roadways or rolled over, tree have fell, debris from buildings have fallen, etc…

And we are experiencing flooding issues.  Some roads have flooded out and some basements have flooded in the area.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect this afternoon. Westerly wind gusts of 45-62 mph will remain common before easing through tonight. There are hazardous travel conditions for high profile vehicles right now, especially on north-south oriented roads. Isolated wind damage and power outages have been reported and this will continue to be a threat for the afternoon and evening.

Through midnight, sustained winds to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are likely. This will result in minor tree damage and sporadic power outages, and make for difficult travel particularly on north-south roads.

Temperatures will continue to drop through the night, reaching lows near 0° for locations west of the Fox Valley and north of I-80. Lows will be 5° to 10° for the rest of the area. Winds will still be gusting to 20 to 30 mph at daybreak, with wind chill readings for the colder locations low as -15°. There is a chance of light snow Monday night and Tuesday mainly north of I-80, with the possibility of some light freezing rain Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.


* TIMING…Very strong west winds persist into the evening.

* WINDS…Sustained west winds 35 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 60
mph into this evening, gradually diminishing overnight.

* IMPACTS…Difficult travel, especially for high profile
vehicles on north to south roads. Unsecured objects outdoors
blown around. Tree limb damage and sporadic power outages


A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Flood Warning for
The Kishwaukee River near Perryville, or from Confluence with South
Branch Kishwaukee River downstream to the Rock River.
* until Tuesday afternoon.
* At 930 AM Sunday the stage was 12.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 13.5 feet by
Monday morning. The river will fall below flood stage Tuesday

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