Derecho hammers North Central Illinois

Ottawa 8/10/20

OTTAWA – A fast moving organized storm system yesterday afternoon known as a Derecho hammered North Central Illinois, bringing wind gusts over 90 MPH and knocking out power over a widespread area. A half a dozen semi-tractor trailers were blown over on a number of roadways, and many homes and cars suffered damage from falling trees. Com-Ed reported that it could take days to restore power to some. Statewide, nearly a half a million are still without power. Multiple buildings were damaged, however, no deaths were reported.