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Tornado sirens, heavy rains threaten area, cancel Elgin City Council meeting

Updated: June 13, 2013 12:30PM



Wednesday evening’s severe weather brought sirens and sightings to the Elgin area, but no reports of damage.

Weather spotters and Facebook posts from area residents said tornado sirens were sounding in and around Burlington, Pingree Grove and West Dundee Wednesday night as the storm rolled through the Chicago area. Both a trained and an untrained weather spotter had reported a tornado near Burlington High School but later decided that sighting was unfounded, according to reports from area fire departments.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office PIO Pat Gengler said the county had gotten 911 calls from residents saying they saw “something,” but no reports of damage.

A tornado also reportedly was spotted near Rutland and Dundee townships in western Kane County around 5 p.m., and a funnel, in South Elgin, WGN Radio reported just after 6 p.m.

Meantime, Elgin’s committee of the whole and city council meetings were cancelled Wednesday night.

The city announced the decision to cancel those meeting son Facebook at about 5 p.m. A rescheduled meeting date was not immediately announced.

The Kane County Cougars and Chicago White Sox games scheduled Wednesday evening also were postponed. And both Elgin Community College and the College of DuPage closed their campuses early.

According to the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Kane County remained under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. and was under a flash flood warning as of 6 p.m.



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