Monday morning started beautifully, said Kathy Blahunka of Lake Bluff. “And then just before 8 a.m., the sky got dark and the emergency response alarm went off for a few minutes. It was dark, windy and raining very hard. It was generally fast and messy!”
After the storm blew in and out of the area, people wandered out of their darkened basements to find downed trees, branches, swingsets and other debris all over their yards and driveways and on the sidewalks and streets.
As of Tuesday, thousands and thousands of people are still without power–the numbers vary depending on the hour that you finally reach ComEd. Trib and Sun-Times are reporting 860,000 ComEd customers were without power on Monday, and I heard from someone in the LB administrative office that there were 550,000 without power in Lake County alone (including my ‘hood for the third time in a month!). On Tuesday, many, many people are still without electricity, and people are reporting that there are wires down all over our towns, and twisted branches that could fall if you sneeze in their direction.
The Sun-Times describes the storm as a ” ‘derecho’ – a short, violent windstorm with sustained straight line winds that can exceed 100 mph.”
Despite the power challenges, several GN readers have submitted photos and anecdotes of downed trees in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and Knollwood. Please keep them coming!