'Wow' Winds UPDATE: Sugar Grove Leads Region With Gust of 64 MPH, Widespread Damage

‘Wow’ Winds UPDATE: Sugar Grove Leads Region With Gust of 64 MPH, Widespread Damage

Wind damaged the roof and other parts of The Well, a church near the Kane County Cougars’ Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva.

It seems as if — in a winter full of extreme weather events — Kane County is almost always topping the charts of the National Weather Service Chicago’s greatest hits.

This time around, it’s dangerous winds, and guess what? Sugar Grove Airport is No. 1 in the region, recording a wind speed of 64 mph.

Wind takes down street sign, downtown Aurora. Just down the street from Paramount Theater. (Photo by Robin Rix)

Winds were high enough to tear part of the roof from The Well, the church at 33W835 Cherry Lane in Geneva. The building sustained damage to its HVAC system, as well.

“The campus on Cherry Lane will be closed to everyone until we can assess the damage and get enough repairs done to ensure safety,” the Well said on its Facebook page. “Parts of the building may be unstable, so we ask that no one approach the building please. We will be open for business this week from our homes and favorite coffee shops and will keep everyone informed of the situation as it develops.

The church will be celebrating its 15th anniversary next weekend, sources said.

Also in Geneva, a transformer fire caused a power outage to the downtown area Sunday. It is not yet known if the wind had anything to do with the fire, but it did make things difficult for firefighters and Public Works Department crews that had to battle the blaze, then make needed repairs.

  • If you have a photo of wind damage in Kane County, please email it with caption information to kanecountyconnects@gmail.com.

During the past weekend’s high winds, the traffic light located at River Street and Route 72 in East Dundee fell and was removed. While no damage or injury was reported, the light has been removed and will be replaced. A temporary traffic light has been put in place. Staff is working closely with the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure a replacement, however, early estimates indicate that a temporary light could be in place for 12-16 weeks.


City of Rochelle photo, from NWS website.

  • Wind gusts of 50 to 64 mph were observed across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.
  • The peak wind gust at Chicago O’Hare was 60 mph.
  • These winds were a result of a powerful, strengthening low pressure system that moved across the region Saturday night into Sunday.

Regional Damages

Illinois State Police Photo, from NWS website.

Regionally, high winds caused downed tree limbs and vehicle, home and business damage throughout Chicago and northwest Indiana.

Kevin Doellman photo, from NWS website.

Elsewhere, semi trucks were overturned by wind near the intersection of Ridge Road and Route 126 in Kendall County, on I-39 two miles north of the I-80 junction and on I-57 at the Peotone exit, according to the NWS storm reports summary.

A building collapsed in Benton, portions of a roof were blown off in Rochelle and a gas station canopy was blown over in Kankakee.

Wind Gusts

Land Location                 Speed     Time/Date
Sugar Grove - Aurora Arpt    64 MPH    0100 PM 02/24
Gary Airport                 63 MPH    0645 AM 02/24
Wheeling - Chicago Exec Arpt 62 MPH    0830 AM 02/24
Chicago OHare                60 MPH    0326 PM 02/24
Peru Airport                 60 MPH    0850 AM 02/24
3 SW Midway Airport          60 MPH    1142 AM 02/24
Chicago Midway               59 MPH    1116 AM 02/24
Valparaiso Airport           59 MPH    1117 AM 02/24
Morris Airport               58 MPH    1055 AM 02/24
West Chicago - DuPage Arpt.  58 MPH    0130 PM 02/24
Joliet Lock-Dam              58 MPH    0100 PM 02/24
Rockford Airport             56 MPH    0301 PM 02/24
Rochelle Airport             56 MPH    1155 AM 02/24
Lansing Airport              55 MPH    0155 PM 02/24
Pontiac Airport              55 MPH    0555 AM 02/24
Rensselaer Airport           55 MPH    1235 PM 02/24
DeKalb Airport               54 MPH    0955 AM 02/24
Romeoville - Lewis Airport   53 MPH    0315 PM 02/24
Waukegan Airport             52 MPH    0244 PM 02/24
Midewin RAWS                 51 MPH    1105 AM 02/24