Storms left thousands without power in Will County, caused minor damage

Scattered trees in a parking lot near Houbolt Road in Joliet on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Storms Friday in Will County left thousands without power and caused minor damage throughout the county.

Almost 3,000 people were without power across the county Friday night, but that number was down to a few hundred as of Saturday, according to Allison Anderson, director of Will County Emergency Management Agency.

Two rounds of storms moved through northern Illinois on Friday, the second one more intense than the first, according to the National Weather Service.

Anderson said there was some minor damage as a result of the storms, including trees down. Power lines were down in Crest Hill, she said. “It wasn’t significant, there was no impact to homes.”

Police officers in Joliet responded to a tree down in a roadway, Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English said. There were no further issues related to the storm.

In Plainfield, there was small swath of higher end winds that did damage to trees, some fascia, siding, roofs, street signs and some small sheds and other yard accessories, according to a message from retired Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek.

Konopek is a volunteer for Plainfield Emergency Management Agency, said Plainfield police Cmdr. Anthony Novak.

The main damage area was roughly just north of 135th Street, from Heggs Road to Route 59, Konopek said.

There was no indication of any rotation or tornado-like activity in or immediately around Plainfield, hence the reason why sirens were not activated Friday night, according to Konopek.