Updated 05/21/14 – 12:50 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s bound to be a busy morning at auto shops across the Chicago area, in the wake of powerful storms that brought large, damaging hail to the city and suburbs.
Hail stones as large as golf balls fell in some areas, and the heavy rain also caused flooding. Hail of nearly 3 inches was reported in the city of Rochelle in north central Illinois. Stones of up to 2 inches were reported in Tinley Park, Homewood, Palos Park, Lansing, Oak Forest and several other suburbs.
Standing water flooded out streets in southwest suburban Hazel Crest, near 175th and Ashland, and a number of cars got stuck in the water. Flooding also left a viaduct impassable in southwest suburban Crestwood, at 159th and Cicero.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports some of the worst storm damage as reported in southwest suburban Oak Forest, where hail pummeled dents into many cars, and lightning started a fire at an apartment building.
The storm was packing winds of up to 60 mph and lots of lightning when it blew through the Oak Forest area around 9:30 p.m. One lightning bolt apparently started a fire that forced officials to evacuate an apartment building on the 15700 block of Peggy Lane.
“It was almost like a huge shotgun, and it hit the side of the building, and then it just went up in smoke,” said Sama Zatar, one of the residents evacuated from the building.