Severe storms knock out power to thousands in the QC

As the winds blew and the rain fell, thousands spent the night in darkness while severe weather tore through the Quad Cities area.

At the peak of the storms, about 21,000 MidAmerican Energy customers lost service on June 30. The cause of the trouble included winds that reached 60 mph in some places downing power poles and lines. Multiple trees throughout the region also fell on utility poles and lines causing damage, according to Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy.

Greenwood said most customers should expect to have service by 6 p.m. on July 1, but some may have to wait overnight or until the morning on Tuesday, July 2.

To assist with the damage and clean-up, MidAmerican Energy called in tree and company line crews as well as electrical and tree contractors from the Quad Cities area and beyond. The crews worked all through the night, according to Greenwood.

The storms did not affect MidAmerican Energy natural gas system.

When the temperature or heat index exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Christian Care at 2209 3rd Avenue in Rock Island offers a cooling center.

Customers of MidAmerican Energy can report outages at www.MidAmericanEnergy.com or call 888-427-5632. Anyone who sees a downed line in the area is asked to call the electric emergency number at 800-799-4443.

See live updates from MidAmerican energy's outage map -- click here.


9:30 p.m.: A total of 214 are without power.

1:10 p.m.: Iowa QC - 611 without power | Illinois QC - 788 without power

10:30 a.m.: Iowa QC - 596 without power | Illinois QC - 1,612 without power | Most customers in Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties should have their power back on by 6 p.m.  Any remaining customers should expect restoration by 6 a.m. Tuesday. There is no estimated restoration time for customers in Scott County. 

6:15 a.m.: Iowa QC - 586 without power | Illinois QC - 2,471 without power


9:50 p.m.: Iowa QC - 5,285 without power | Illinois QC - 13,893 without power | Estimated restoration times are set through 12:45 p.m.

9:14 p.m.: Iowa QC - 5,107 without power | Illinois QC - 12,977 without power

8:55 p.m.: Iowa QC - 5,251 without power | Illinois QC - 15,325 without power

8:35 p.m.: Iowa QC - 7,946 without power | Illinois QC - 13,062 without power | Estimated restoration falls between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Tap here to find the estimated restoration time for your specific neighborhood.

7:52 p.m.: Iowa QC - 9,058 without power | Illinois QC - 7,881 without power | No estimated restoration time

7:33 p.m.:  Iowa QC - 8,693 without power | Illinois QC - 6,710 without power | No estimated restoration time


As of 7:05 p.m. more than 8,300 were without power in the Iowa QC.  On the Illinois side there were more than 900 customers without power.

Less than 10 minutes later, the energy company reported more than 5,100 without power on the Illinois side.

Click here for live storm coverage from Meteorologist James Zahara.

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