Severe weather downs trees, creates flash floods across Chicago area

Clean-up efforts are underway across the Chicago area this morning after Saturday’s severe weather caused scattered damage and major flooding in some suburbs.
In far north suburban Wauconda, high winds knocked down power lines on Bonner Road and snapped several big trees nearby.

Winds topped 70 miles an hour as a line of severe storms moved through the area around 5 p.m.

Some residents say they were lucky the trees missed their homes, while othersĀ  say the downed trees and branches did cause some damages to their homes.

The sudden downpours also created flooding problems in many homes.
Jackie Boyles of Wauconda says she sought refuge in her basement with her three sons and they waited out the storm, water began pouring into their basement in at least three spots.
Some suburbs saw more than an inch of rain fall in less than an hour.
Half-inch hail was reported in the Southwest suburbs in New Lenox.

The National Weather Service issued numerous flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings for the area, with some lasting as late as 11:30 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for western Lake County and east central McHenry County and was in effect until 5:15 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 9 p.m. for northern Illinois, western Illinois, northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan and Lake Michigan.

At the peak of the storm, Comed says 16,000 customers were without power.
Most of those have now been restored.

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