MORRIS — "It sounded like a freight train coming down the street."
That was how Nicki Smith described Wednesday evening's wind storm that blew through her neighborhood at about 4:40 p.m. on Nettle Creek Drive in Morris.
Smith said she was about to leave her home with her kids when her husband, Eric, looked up at the sky and told her she better get back in.
"I thought, 'Oh, I'll be fine,'" Smith said. "But he said to get back inside and I am glad I did. The doors were rattling, trees were blowing over. It was scary."
Smith quickly texted neighbor Jamie Eberhard with a photo of the damage the wind did to the Smith's tree. Eberhard asked if it had been hit by lightning and Smith replied, "No. Both of the trees in your front yard are gone, too."
Not all of the trees were gone next door, but a branch that held the Eberhards' son's swing had broken off and blew into the yard across the street. For a stretch of about 15 houses up and down Nettle Creek Drive, on both sides of the street, there were trees damaged, some split in half, shingles blown off of roofs, cars dented from branches that were blown off of trees.
Kevin Donofrio of the National Weather Service in Romeoville said that the storm was "an organized line of thunderstorms that produce what we call straight-line wind damage. The winds were approximately 70 miles an hour and extended back from the Morris area to LaSalle and Bureau Counties."
Throughout the neighborhood, residents gathered downed branches and placed them by the road to be picked up.
"That's the most amazing thing about this," Jamie Eberhard said. "The whole community is coming together to help each other clean up. It seems like it was just a freak thing that only hit our little part of the road, but everyone is pitching in to help. It makes me feel good about living here."