Severe weather hits Chicago area; Thunderstorm Warnings issued, damage reported

Severe weather pounded the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon - and it's not over yet.

A Sever Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the Chicago area until 11 p.m. Wednesday evening.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Lake counties until 7:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

As of 8:30 p.m., 24,500 ComEd customers were without power. For the latest updates from ComEd, visit their website.

As of 10 p.m., 215 flights were cancelled from O'Hare International Airport and 37 flights were cancelled from Midway Airport.


Thunderstorms developed across north-central and northeast Illinois afternoon in a very warm and increasingly humid air mass. Area temperatures have reached the middle and upper 80s for the second consecutive day, in sharp contrast to the city’s fourth chilliest April on record.

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The afternoon storms brought strong winds, heavy rains and even hail to parts of the area.

Storms cause damage throughout Chicago area

Damaged was reported in Chicago near Midway Airport.

Wind damage lead to an evacuation order on the 5000 block of South King Drive where the storms caused the roof of a four-story building to partially collapse. There were also downed trees in the area, according to fire officials.

In Garfield Ridge, the storms left plenty of damage behind. As soon as the wind and hail stopped, residents were out in the street, seeing how they could help each other. No one was injured.

One resident said there were garbage cans blowing all over the place and trees were falling. Some of those trees fell on top of cars.

One resident found their roof out on the street.

In North Englewood a fallen tree took out power lines at 59th Street and Princeton Avenue snarling traffic when the lights went out.