Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.
The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.
A round of storms overnight ripped down some trees in the Chicago area, and more storms hit the area just in time for the morning rush.
Severe thunderstorms passing through the Chicago area are expected to give way to cooler temperatures this evening.
Severe thunderstorms are moving through Chicago area Sunday that could produce 100 mile per hour winds and quarter size hail, according to the National Weather Service.
Following a day of triple-digit heat, the Chicago area is seeing some strong thunderstorms today.
A round of heavy spring storms caused serious damage in some areas overnight, including the collapse of a façade at a church in downtown Evanston that left a person injured
Torrential downpours, cloud-to-ground lightning, wind gusts in excess of 70 mph, and hail as large as golf balls could all be in store for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
It might as well be mid-May, with temperatures climbing to 70 degrees and springtime thunderstorms making their way toward the area.
One of the historic rooms at the Garfield Park Conservatory, heavily damaged this summer in a hail storm, has reopened.
A fast moving thunderstorm with lightning and hail is expected to move into the Chicago area Tuesday night.
The rain that moved into the Chicago area late Friday could soak the city all weekend, and possibly into next week.
After three straight days of hot and humid weather, cooler air is expected to move into the Chicago area for the remainder of the holiday weekend — but not before some potentially strong Saturday night thunderstorms.
Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, scores of towns reported damage and the morning commute was delayed for thousands of people as a strong round of storms rolled through the Chicago area.
Scores of police squad cars were among the many vehicles damaged Thursday night due to the hailstorm that swept through.
Chicagoans on Thursday night were likely focused on the looming extreme heat, when severe thunderstorms swooped in and caught everyone by surprise.
Emergency preparedness officials warn that the severe storms that have blanketed much of the nation this spring could just as easily hit here. They stress taking steps in advance to be ready.
Just before a 30-degree drop swoops in to cool off the area, Chicago and Northwest Indiana residents will have to put up with thunderstorms that could bring damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday night.
At least one person was hurt in the severe storms that ripped through portions of the Chicago area Sunday. Hail fell in several suburbs, while a possible tornado in northwest Indiana destroyed a building and toppled power lines.
Quarter size hail has been spotted in southwest suburban Evergreen Park as severe thunderstorms roll into the Chicago area.