Communities across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana are cleaning up Saturday after a violent and strong storm procured at least three tornadoes late Friday night.
As of Saturday evening, the National Weather Service has only confirmed three tornadoes: One in Baileyville and one in Caledonia, one in Machesney Park and one that impacted Belvidere.
In Belvidere, one person was killed and more than 25 people were injured when a roof collapsed at the Apollo Theater during a concert.
The NWS is still looking into reports and said several areas sustained extensive structural damage, tree damage and had potential tornadoes.
The other areas include near Harvard in McHenry County, in Batavia just west of the Fox River, in and around Merrillville in Lake County, Indiana and far southern Jasper County in Indiana.
Powerful storm causes damage, power outages in Batavia
Batavia Fire Department Chief Craig Hanson said several homes and vehicles were damaged primarily by falling trees.
There were several power outages but about 90% of the power had been restored by Saturday afternoon, Hanson said.
The Illinois Municipal Utilities Association sent linemen and equipment to the area to help, Hanson said.
As of Saturday afternoon, some areas were still without power, including some subdivisions on the city’s Southwest Side, Hanson said. Crews are hoping to have power restored by the end of the day.
There were no reported injuries, Hanson said.
Mark Davis, the manager of Batavia’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, said pictures of the damage were being sent to the National Weather Service to review.
Possible tornado causes damage in Northwest Indiana
In an update posted to Facebook on Saturday afternoon, officials said several areas were hit hard, especially Madison Meadows near 76th and Madison Street and the Forest Hills neighborhood.
NIPSCO is working to restore power, though damaged poles are complicating those repairs, according to the Facebook post.
Anyone who sees downed lines or utility poles is urged to stay away from them and report them to NIPSCO or the emergency dispatch center at 219-660-0001.
The street department is still working to clear roads. Some still remain closed due to debris and clean-up efforts.
According to the fire department, there have been no reported injuries. Fire department personnel conducted home searches and was assisted by the MABAS 207 Technical Rescue Team and the Lake Ridge and Griffith fire departments.
Because of the number of calls from the storm, the police department isn’t responding to property damage calls and asking people to file a property damage police report online.
On Saturday night, a warming center is open at the Dean and Barbara White Community Center for residents.
On Friday night, Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said several semi-trucks blew over near Remington and Lowell.
On Sunday, Ross Township Trustee Eric Blackmon is hosting a an event to provide food, support and assistance. It starts at 1 p.m. at 26 West 73rd Avenue in Merrillville.
Donations and volunteers are welcome at the event.