Due to the severe weather, lightning has caused several fires in the area.
A transformer was hit by lightning and caught on fire in Rockford at Shaw and East State Street near the Clocktower. This fire likely caused many power outages in the area.
A business in Machesney Park was likely a victim of lightning as well. Police arrived on the scene of a car repair shop where the sign on the front of the building was on fire. There was no major damage to the building itself.
A home in the gated community of Candlewick Lake in Poplar Grove was also struck by lightning tonight. Crews quickly extinguished any flames ignited by the lightning.