Memorial Day storms bring winds, hail and damage

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Storms tore through the Chicago area bringing a wet, windy and potentially dangerous end to the Memorial Day weekend. A burst of severe weather blew through Chicago and Indiana Monday afternoon prompting tornado warnings in several counties.

Damage reported in Cook County

Residents were also cleaning up in Oak Lawn. On Mulberry Street, the strong winds and pounding rain were too much for trees and just up the block water crept into front yards. Neighbors attempted to unclog the sewers so his guests who are at his place for a holiday barbecue can In nearby Alsip the storm proved too much for the canopy at a Citgo gas station. It will be sometime before the gas station reopens. Not so far away in the West Beverly neighborhood, a tree came down onto the roof and into a bedroom of a home. The property for sale will be getting some inevitable improvements.

Damage in Yorkville

Yorkville residents spent the last part of their holiday weekend cleaning up from the fast moving storm.

The windows of the Sprint store along Highway 47 were shattered when winds picked up a large sign and shot it through the plate glass. Ceiling tiles were also damaged. 

Not 200 feet away, the winds badly damaged the roof of the Menards.  The store remained open while workers made temporary repairs and the area was sectioned off. 

Residential damage was reported as well in nearby Bristol Township where the storm created a freak structural failure of a home and pushed the exterior wall out.  No injuries were reported.

The wind also downed several trees in the areas.


Flooding Concerns

Widespread flooding was also reported.  Residents in Romeoville and Hickory Hills coped with fast-rising water that flooded area roadways and homes.  


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