Powerful storms damage buildings in Chicago suburbs, leave 15K without power

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OAK LAWN, Ill. -- Metal sheeting on a storage structure peeled off a building in Oak Lawn when wind gusts neared 50 miles-per-hour around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Oak Lawn firefighters made quick work of a house fire on the 8900 block of Natoma Avenue. There was significant damage to the home's attic and garage, but the two residents made it out safe. The cause of the fire is officially under investigation, but there was a lot of lightning in the hour.

In Evanston a possible lightning strike sent a large section of a tree onto a parked car in the 100 block of Callan Avenue.

There are no reported injuries with any of these incidents.

ComEd crews are very busy this morning. As of 7 a.m. over 15,000 households are still without power, including 3,000 in the Chicago region. The company says it already restored power to over 31,000 customers.