Storm causes heavy damage in Schaumburg, Itasca

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. —  Strong winds, severe downpours and hail caused major damage in several north and northwest suburbs with Schaumburg and Itasca among the hardest hit.

Massive amounts of rainfall — then hail –and high winds quickly turned destructive with trees uprooted, tree branches snapped in half and power lines downed.

There was serious damage to homes in several subdivisions, including one not far from the Schaumburg Village Hall and police stations near Schaumburg Road and Weathersfield Way.

There were cracks in siding, torn screens, broken windows, even paint stripped off of homes.

Heavy machinery was brought in to clear streets and sidewalks from another suburb still reeling from all of the recent rain and storm damage.

Contractors have been driving through neighborhoods, passing out cards.  Cleanup is underway, but there’s much to do before things return back to normal.

Wicked winds walloped Itasca, leaving street after street with damage and destruction. Many are still without electricity, and crews are working to restore power and begin the clean-up.

No injuries have been reported, but there is a lot of damage.

A powerful storm barreled through Elm Street.

“Downpours, then hail, then it was over. It was like as fast as it started, it ended,” Cindy Vinci, Itasca resident said.

The storm lasted no more than fifteen minutes, but the impact lasted much longer.

“This is the aftermath of something that came through yesterday. A microburst perhaps, or sheriff, retired sheriff thinks it was a tornado, a category 1,” Robert Sampson, a resident, said.

Sampson’s neighborhood was slammed by what could have been a strong straight-line wind.

“It’s almost as if it took a path down the street here,” he said. “Limbs from across the school here twisted, rotated across the street.”

He said his home was not damaged, but an evergreen tree in his front yard was uprooted.

“That’s our Christmas tree this year,” he said.

Around every corner, it was the same story. Toppled trees, downed power lines and damaged property.

Michael Plow and his crew were chopping tree trunks into logs, and tossing them into the wood-chipper.

“Beautiful trees that are now turning into dust,” Plow said.

One tree battered Tom Pigenotti’s minivan, completely totaling the 2000 Ford Windstar.

“I’ll just have to settle for the best I can with the insurance company and take it from there,” Pigenotti said.

Residents started the clean-up, but they know more bad news could drop at any moment.

“In the branches you can see, we call them widow makers, branches hanging on other branches waiting to fall, we’ve got,” Cindy Vinci said.

On Elm Street, Vinci was raking up saying she’s waking up to what can only be described as a neighborhood’s nightmare.

“The utter devastation that you see when you drive through town. It’s indescribable and unbelievable,” she said.

For those without power, Village Hall has been opened up as a cooling center.

The power company told residents most power should be restored by 6 or 7 p.m. Saturday.

ComEd said there are 7,300 customers without power. They said those numbers are scattered throughout its coverage area and not specific to any one area.

Even with all of the damage, many residents said they are thankful that no people were injured.


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