CHICAGO — Organizers delayed the start of the the 61st Air and Water Show Sunday as storms brought heavy rain, lightning and low visibility to the area.
Emergency management officials advised residents to seek shelter as storms moving into the area were expected to bring hail and wind gusts of up to 60 mph. The delayed event, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, began closer to 1 p.m. Severe weather also impacted Saturday's show with delays.
Most of the planes in the show take off and land at the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Indiana. As storms moved into the area, the National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings, which have since been cancelled.
In Itaska, lightning struck the Engelwood Resort Hotel tower, forcing guests including golfer Phil Mickelson to evacuate. While Mickelson was initially concerned he might miss the BMW Championship in nearby Medinah, he made it to the course on time.