Severe storms overnight leave behind damage, power outages across Chicago area


CHICAGO — Severe thunderstorms moved through the area early Thursday morning leaving behind damage and power outages.

Around 4:45 a.m., the National Weather Service said the Severe Thunderstorm Watch was cancelled for the Chicago area.

NWS also said several areas recorded wind gusts in excess of 60 mph that knocked down tree limbs or toppled whole trees, damaging some power lines.

ComEd reported that more than 24,000 of its customers remained without power about 7:20 a.m.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said some trees were toppled in Waukegan just before 4 a.m., as the storms pushed across the area. A utility pole fell over in Park Ridge, blocking the intersection of Dee and Oakton.

Mostly cloudy conditions expected today with morning storms and decreasing clouds. Cooler conditions lakeside with a mostly dry afternoon.

Winds: NNE 10-15 mph G25. Temps: 85/80

Partly cloudy tonight to mostly clear conditions. Winds: NNE 10-15 mph G25. Low Temp: 65

The National Weather Service said “life-threatening” swim conditions were expected Thursday on Lake Michigan as a cold front moves its way through the area, bringing cooler, less humid air.

According to a beach hazard statement, waves of 4 to 7 feet and rip currents are expected along the lake in Cook County and in northwestern Indiana’s Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties until Friday evening.

ComEd is opened its Emergency Operations Center Wednesday and has equipment and additional crews in place to respond to potential power outages.  If a downed power line is spotted, call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661). 

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