A line of storms sent trees toppling through Lee and Whiteside counties on Monday and left thousands without power in their wake.
ComEd reported that, as of 9 p.m., 15,500 customers in Whiteside County still were without electricity, as were 4,495 in Lee County, 3,070 in Carroll County and 10,361 in Ogle County.
A large tree collapsed across West Third Street in Sterling, blocking the road briefly and sending traffic on a circuitous route down side streets. Another tree fell on Moline Road between Rock Falls and Lyndon, almost entirely blocking that road before crews were able to clear it. A few miles farther west in Lyndon, another tree came down, taking a power line with it. Another large tree in Prophetstown State Park was split nearly in half.
Kevin Lalley, director of Lee County Emergency Management, said the winds took down a barn near Paw Paw, but other than that, the county saw mostly downed wires and felled trees.
The system was a derecho, a line of intense, fast-moving storms known for bringing damaging winds. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities on Monday said that the line of storms brought winds of 60 to 80 mph, and up to 90 mph, as it raced through Iowa and Illinois.