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Weather Service: No tornado in Morris

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:21 a.m. CDT

MORRIS — No tornadoes were confirmed in Morris.

Despite numerous media and weather reports saying a tornado was determined to have hit near Morris on Monday night, a NWS meteorologist confirmed Wednesday morning to the Morris Daily Herald that there was no tornado touchdown in Morris.

One did touch down in the Southwest corner of Kendall County, near the border of Grundy and LaSalle counties, as well as in Earlville, Plainfield and Grant Park.

The NWS confirmed Morris's damage was due due straight-line winds of 80 to 90 mph that came with Monday's severe thunderstorm.

As of 10 a.m., the online outage map ComEd keeps showed numerous outages scattered throughout Grundy County, with a few thousand customers still without power in the area.

State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, said with the hospital and water treatment plans functioning on their own again, the focus has shifted to restoring residential power with five crews dedicated to resolving it.

Late Tuesday ComEd reported that 117,000 customers were still without power, according to The Associated Press, which also reported that officials expect power to be completely restored by the end of the day Thursday.

Morris remains under a flood advisory until 12:30 p.m. Friday, as the Illinois River in the city is expected to continue to rise.

As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, the river was at 14.6 feet, according to the weather service. Action stage is 13 feet, and flood stage is 16 feet. The river is expected to rise to 15.7 feet by Wednesday afternoon.

At 16 feet, Pine Bluff Road, west of Route 47, and Dwight Road will flood on the south side of the river.

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