Severe Storms Out Power, Service in Midwest
Powerful storms struck the northeastern portion of the American Midwest today, outing power and other services across Illinois, Ohio and southern Michigan. The storm has been categorized as a "derecho," defining it as a large thunderstorm that includes winds at sustained speeds of at least 58 mph. AccuWeather.com has cited the wind speeds of this specific storm reaching 70 mph.
As of 3 p.m. EST today, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported an estimated 82,000 households without power, as well as flood warning and one fatality, throughout lower Michigan. AccuWeather.com reports another 600,000 without power in the Chicago area.
Jim Porto, vice president of promotional products for Vonco Products, a supplier based of out of Lake Villa, Ill., near the Chicago area, said his company was one knocked offline by the storm.
"It was a quick-moving storm that came through, trees were falling like dominoes, so all the above-ground power lines have been knocked over," said Porto. "I just heard from somebody that it may be two to three days before they have total power back to a lot of the area."
Porto stated that Vonco Products was without power at around 8:05 a.m. CST. "In my 15 years with the company, we've never been without power for more than half a day, so this is very unusual," he explained. Porto stated that he hopes Vonco Products will be up and running as soon as tomorrow, though the local power company estimate is two to three days. Customers that need to contact Vonco Products can reach the company via Porto's email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you know of any other suppliers or distributors who have lost power due to the storm, please let us know in the comment section below. For further information on the storm, visit www.accuweather.com.