Suspected microburst hits North Side as storms move through Chicago

CHICAGO — As storms cross the Chicago area, a suspected microburst brought strong, tree-toppling winds to parts of the North Side Sunday afternoon.

A cold front approaching Chicago from the west Sunday afternoon brought a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms  to the area. Neighbors in the Arcadia Terrace neighborhood say the storm seemingly came out of nowhere around 2 p.m., and lasted a few minutes. As winds picked up, a tree came crashing down on several parked cars near Thorndale and Campbell, according to witnesses.

Another neighbor says a man was sitting in a station wagon when the storm hit, sending branches falling around him and through the windshield, but he was not injured.

Nearby at Campbell and Arthur, another tree fell onto parked cars and took down power lines, knocking out power in the area. Power has since been restored.

As the frontal boundary moves south and east of Chicago, it could produce a few strong to severe storms before the front moves farther east into Indiana. The National Storm Prediction Center designated that area  as having a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms (yellow-shaded area on the severe weather outlook map below).

Showers and thunderstorms will end as the cold front passes through a given location, winds shifting more westerly with drier lower-dew point air then feeding into the area on the leading edge of high pressure.

 

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