Thursday storm downs trees and knocks out power to portions of Oak Park and River Forest


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Update June 28, 9:25 a.m. - As of Friday morning Oak Park and River Forest remain the second and third most affected suburbs for power loss. At 9 a.m. ComEd reported 937 customers still without power in Oak Park and 410 in River Forest.

Update 11:05 p.m. - As of 11 p.m. ComEd reports the outage situation has slightly improved for Oak Park with 1,108 customers still without power. The outage in River Forest continues to increase with ComEd now reporting 863 customers without power.

Update 9:36 p.m. - As of 9:30 the number of customers without power is Oak Park has dropped to 1,246, but in River Forest the power loss situation seems to be getting worse. ComEd now reports 843 River Forest customers without power.

Update: 8:39 p.m. - As of 8:30 ComEd reports 2,561 customers in Oak Park without power. According to ComEd's website Oak Park is the second only to Chicago for the most customers currently experiencing power loss. ComEd is also reporting that River Forest now has 366 customers without power.

An early evening thunderstorm drenched Oak Park and River Forest Thursday downing trees and power lines across the villages.

As of 7:30 p.m. ComEd's website reported 2,559 customers without power in Oak Park and 281 without power in River Forest.

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Scottie Ash tree Seed  

Posted: July 9th, 2013 6:34 PM

The straight line winds were above 65 MPH. Majority of the damage trees were Norway & Silver Maple, no loss! Inspection showed every limb that failed, already had damage from improper trimming that caused rot and faulty crotches that were never corrected. Historic trees damaged were 188 yo branch from a 250 yo native Oak, one limb from FLW coppiced Green Ash, & 80 yo branch from an older native Black Locust. Any older damaged Elms will have much greater chance of catching open wound DED fungus.

Stop is a Sheeple  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 3:35 PM

Hi- I am Violet Aura. I am beginning to think that Stop the Sheep is so upset because he's part of the CIA or something. Or have you ingested too much fluoride? Anywho, your rageful post is oddly excessive. I guess you also think that Edward Snowden is a rat fink and that a robed man in a cave with a laptop was able to engineer two skyscrapers falling down. Do we believe in the Easter Bunny and Santy Claus, too, Einstein? Maybe take a nap, watch Faux (or MSNBC) and pop a blue pill...


Posted: June 28th, 2013 3:13 PM

Oh, ok "alt-progress" aka violet aura. Quoting "science" doesn't make you Galilleo, no more than claiming our government conspired to kill a bunch of kindergarteners make you a free thinker. It makes you a noxious, useless troll.


Posted: June 28th, 2013 3:06 PM

@Violet Aura -- Don't be too upset if people doubt your theory. Svante August Arrhenius first explained the atmospheric phenomena that would cause climate change in 1896. But even after thousands of scientists have verified his theory over some 117 years --there are still those who don't believe it


Posted: June 28th, 2013 3:05 PM

How refreshing to meet the only freethinking person in all of Oak Park. Mullarkey indeed. Go back to your infowars garbage and stop spreading your bile.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 1:35 PM

Cont. propaganda is NOT being sane or otherwise on the ball. What I find highly amusing is how many of your ilk get MAD about it. You seem to want everything to be as it appears to be. That is either incredibly naive or evidence that you are shilling for somebody.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 1:33 PM

@Stop: Now, now, I suggest you change your uber creative name to Ostrich. Questioning manufactured reality= crackpot in your book. Got it. Ever read any Holocaust narratives, Zippy? I highly recommend it. I remember how one guy was known as the town "crackpot" and went away, only to discover what awaited his fellow Jews in the village. He came back to warn them and they all laughed at him. Sitting thru life dazed and confused, watching the increasingly shrill "news" casts mouth gobermint CONT.


Posted: June 28th, 2013 1:14 PM

OK Violet Aura, we know you believe the Sandy Hook and Aurora massacres are a "hoax", as are vaccines, and now you reveal yourself to be a "weather truther". You are a crackpot, with zero credibility. Please take your conspiracy theories and go away.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 12:39 PM

We can thank the "Weather Modification Program" otherwise known as chemtrails for this! Just look outside on any sunny day and you will see the trails. CONtrails are different--they trail a plane and dissipate right away...

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 11:12 AM



Posted: June 28th, 2013 1:41 AM

There was also a large tree torn out by its root that layed acoss the street of the 800 block of N Harvey Ave.


Posted: June 27th, 2013 10:25 PM

Wow, this is like how the far south side of Berwyn got hit MOnday night. Huge trees uprooted, some taking the sidewalk with them, power lines down, power out, tree branches everywhere...this weather is insane! Luckily I both cases there were no injuries. Be careful everyone!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 27th, 2013 10:15 PM

Three years ago, a large mature tree fell down next to our house. The village replaced it with a sprout that looks like it is very ill. The sprout's biggest limb split in half to night. Can we get a replacement that is more robust? (SW corner of OP Ave and Adams)

Chris Carrier  

Posted: June 27th, 2013 9:54 PM

I've only been in Oark Park for six years, but from where I was (700 block N. Elmwood), it was the most intense, albeit short, storm I've seen here. At one point, I actually wondered if there was a tornado.

Graham Johnston from Chicago, Illinois Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: June 27th, 2013 9:44 PM

Thanks Steve, if you snap any photos email them to and we'd be happy to post them online.

Steve Hurder  

Posted: June 27th, 2013 9:39 PM

that is the 1100 blocks.

Steve Hurder  

Posted: June 27th, 2013 9:39 PM

And there are large trees down in the 100 blocks of N. East Avenue and Columbian Avenue. Quite a storm!

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