Pop-Up Storms Drench Chicago Area

Updated 7/13/2012 at 10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS)–Given the drought we’ve been suffering, Friday afternoon’s messy storms caught a lot of people by surprise.

The thunder rumbled and wind gusted up to 50 miles an hour. It sent a lot of people running for cover downtown.

In Old Town, there’s a gaping hole where a roof should be. Neighbors believe a lightning strike started flames that gutted the home near North and Wells.

You can see the path the power took, when witnesses say it forced the bark off a nearby tree.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Steve Baskerville said isolated storms were expected overnight.

Meanwhile, extreme heat made a comeback to the Chicago region.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says by mid-morning it was 90 degrees at O’Hare International Airport and the lakefront, and 89 degrees at Midway International Airport and Waukegan.

Still, it was a lot cooler than the 103 we saw last week.

The high for Saturday is 90, Sunday 92, Monday 95, and Tuesday 97, but Kleist says some areas could again see highs of 100 next week. The high for Wednesday drops back to 90, and Thursday 85.

So you might as well head to the beach. The water is 77 degrees.


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