Thunderstorms bring flooding, leave thousands without power

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Thunderstorms on Tuesday night flooded roads and left thousands of homes without power, authorities said.

The storms brought heavy rain to the area, with Midway Airport recording nearly two inches of rain in an hour and half late Tuesday evening, said Mike Bardou, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

There were reports of sporadic flash flooding on underpasses in the city, Bardou said.

The storm also interrupted power service for tens of thousands of area households.

As of 3 a.m., 8,475 homes in the Chicago area were still without power, according to ComEd spokeswoman Krissy Posey. That included 4,185 homes in the city and 3,972 homes in the south suburbs, she said. About 320 households in the north and west suburbs also remained without power.

Officials predict wet and warm conditions to stick around for the rest of the week until Sunday, when temperatures are expected to fall and sunshine to return to the area.

WGN’s Tom Skilling predicts the rain will continue throughout Friday where there could be a combined total of up to 8 inches of rainfall in some areas.Meanwhile, today’s forecast is partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon hours with highs in the mid 80s, officials said.

Thursday the winds may pick up to at least 25 mph with continued showers and thunderstorms.

Friday highs will be in the 80s and there will be a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms that will continue into the night when temperatures will fall into the 60s, officials said.

Saturday, temperatures are expected to hover into the 70s, with a small chance of rain into the night when the temperatures are expected to drop to the low 50s.

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