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UPDATE: Thousands of outages remain after morning storms

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Transformer down in front of Olson Aluminum Castings - Photo Courtesy: Jessica Boswell Transformer down in front of Olson Aluminum Castings - Photo Courtesy: Jessica Boswell
Roof damage in South Beloit - Photo Courtesy: Erinn Brown Roof damage in South Beloit - Photo Courtesy: Erinn Brown
A large tree was snapped off and took down electrical lines at the intersection of Third and Broad St. in Roscoe. Photo Courtesy: Harlem-Roscoe Fire Photographer Sheryl Drost A large tree was snapped off and took down electrical lines at the intersection of Third and Broad St. in Roscoe. Photo Courtesy: Harlem-Roscoe Fire Photographer Sheryl Drost
High winds knocked over a tree on Straw Lane in Roscoe during an early morning storm. Photo Courtesy: Harlem-Roscoe Fire Photographer Sheryl Drost High winds knocked over a tree on Straw Lane in Roscoe during an early morning storm. Photo Courtesy: Harlem-Roscoe Fire Photographer Sheryl Drost
UNDATED (WREX) -

ComEd crews are still busy trying to restore power to thousands of people hit hard by storms early Tuesday.

ComEd estimates about 3,800 outages remain in the Rockford area. They hope to have 90% of those outages restored on Thursday and the rest on Friday.

Rock Energy Cooperative estimates about 1,800 of its customers are still without power. A total of 4,500 outages were initially reported.

Roscoe, Rockton, South Beloit and the City of Beloit were hit hardest by the storms. The storms also caused a gas leak on Third Street in Roscoe, as well as knocking trees onto electrical lines on Second Street in Roscoe.

In Roscoe, the village will be helping residents with debris removal and disposal. Branches less than 6" in diameter that can be moved by hand can be pulled out to the ditch line or curb line for removal or chipping. Any tree debris larger than 6" must be cut into 16" to 18" lengths. The Public Works Department will be doing clean-up through August 3, 2012. For more information call 815-877-0746.

An emergency operation center has been opened in Beloit to help more than 7,000 people who are without power. If you need assistance in Beloit call 608-757-2244 or the Public Works Department at 608-364-2929.

Many traffic signals in Rockford were out for a short time during the morning hours. The Rockford Police Department wants drivers to remember when traffic lights are out, the intersection becomes a four-way stop.

Downed trees and power lines have shut down the intersection of 15th Street and 23rd Avenue in Rockford for the day. A large tree also went down on Crosby Street during the storms, causing a backup at Crosby and Smith Avenue in Rockford.

The OSF Center for Health at Rock Cut in Loves Park was among the outages in the Rockford area. Power was turned back on at that facility around 11:00 a.m. Primary care and pediatrics will open for their afternoon appointments beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Belvidere School District's main office at 1201 Fifth Avenue is closed for the day due to a power outage.  Parents with appointments to register their children for the upcoming school year are being asked to call the office Wednesday to re-schedule.

The Belvidere YMCA is also without power and is closed for the day.

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