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Storm brings less damage than expected

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 2:28 p.m. CDT

Monday night's storms didn't hit quite as hard as was expected, but strong winds and heavy rain still caused some scattered issues throughout McHenry County.

Two to three inches of rain was expected, and of the reports the National Weather Service received from McHenry County, Algonquin came closest at 1.84 inches.

Harvard reported 1.17 inches, an northwest area of Woodstock received 1 inch, Spring Grove got 0.89 inches, and Bull Valley received 0.88 inches.

Some roads in Algonquin were closed after a tree fell around 1:30 a.m. and took some power lines down with it, according to a Nixle alert from the Alonguin Police Department.

Both lanes of N. Harrison St. between Sunny Dr. and Edward St. were closed for a little over three hours.

In terms of damage on a more widespread scale, around 130 ComEd customers in McHenry county were still affected by power outages as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to an outage map on the company's website.

There were roughly 8,700 customers affected by power outages in the western region of ComEd's territory, which includes McHenry County, a company spokesperson said.

Earlier Tuesday, spokesperson Krissy Posey said there were more than 1,000 ComEd and mutual assistance crews currently working to restore power for all customers, but she added it was too early to tell when exactly people should expect their lights back on.

Dave Christensen, Director of Emergency Management in McHenry County, said the county appeared to be in better shape than he anticipated given the original expectations for Monday's storms.

There were some fallen tree branches and minor flooding, but that was cleared up early in the day, Christensen added.

"I'm glad it wasn't the wind event that it could've been," he said. "We came out looking better than we thought we would."

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