Overnight storms cause severe damage across Chicago area

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CHICAGO -- Overnight storms lead to damage across several parts of the Chicago area -- particularly south and southwest of the city near Midway Airport.

The good news: no serious injuries were reported.

By many accounts, the storm was fast and furious. Hail of between 2 and 3 inches was reported in Rockford and Chicago's Midway International Airport recorded a wind gust of 67 mph.

In the city's Garfield Ridge neighborhood, a private surveillance system captured the moment the roof of a home was ripped right off by the high winds.

People in the area say the worst of the storm lasted just a few minutes.

In one case, a tree limb impaled a windshield. Fortunately, no one was in the vehicle.

Some people were out as soon as the rain took a break to immediately start work on repairs.

In north Englewood, a falling tree brought down the power lines at 59th and Princeton, causing some traffic problems.

High winds also toppled a big tree at 50th and Indiana.

In Bronzeville, a possible microburst may have caused a partial building collapse at 50th and King Drive, where up to 200 people have been displaced due to unsafe conditions.

And more rain is expected -- the National Storm Prediction Center has northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana in a Marginal to Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms primarily later this Thursday afternoon and during the overnight hours tonight.

ComEd says 1700 customers do not have power this morning, that's down from a peak of 24,000 Wednesday night.

The weather is also having an impact at Chicago's airports. 197 flights are cancelled at O'Hare this morning with an average of 15 minute delays, and Midway Airport is reporting minor delays.

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