Union Pacific Admits Jumping The Gun, Misjudging Wind Before Halting Metra TrainsTrains on three busy Metra lines were halted for about 90 minutes Monday morning, out of fear of high winds from storms that swept through the area, but it appears to have been much ado about nothing.
Severe Thunderstorms, Hail, Tornadoes Possible On ThursdaySevere storms moving through the Midwest were expected to bring heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds, and possibly some tornadoes to the Chicago area on Thursday, with the heaviest storm activity hitting Thursday afternoon.
National Weather Service Confirms Two Brief Tornadoes Hit Monday EveningThe NWS confirms two brief EF-1 tornadoes occurred Monday evening, with one near the town of Earlville and the second in Plainfield.
Severe Weather Hits Chicago Area A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday, causing power outages, flight cancellations and delays and other problems. By late Monday, a second wave of storms was expected.
High Winds Blow Docks Off-Kilter At DuSable HarborOfficials at DuSable Harbor were trying to figure out how to get two docks of boats back where they should be after high winds from a brief storm on Monday knocked two docks out of position.
Severe Storms Bring Flooding, Damage From Hail And LightningIt’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.
High Winds Persist; Flood Risk Continues For Some RiversHigh winds have subsided a bit since Thursday’s storm, when four tornadoes might have touched down in central Illinois, but dangerous winds will persist through the afternoon, and gusts of up to 45 mph are likely on Friday.
Metra Hoping To Reduce Wind Delays With New SolutionThe commuter rail agency’s high-wind solution is decidedly low-tech -- the anemometer, a wind-speed measuring instrument that has been around for more than 500 years.
Windy Conditions Could Bring 10-Foot Waves To LakeWindy conditions at the lakefront will make for very choppy conditions on the lake, with dangerous pounding waves prompting a warning for anyone who might want to go swimming, despite the chilly conditions.
Woman Who Survived Tornado: 'It's Beyond Your Imagination'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.
High Risk: Severe Storms Could Bring Tree-Toppling Wind, TornadoesThe 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.
Willis Tower Skydeck Closed Due To Wind, But Hancock Observatory OpenStrong winds forced officials at the Willis Tower to close its Skydeck for the day on Tuesday, but the observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center remained open for business.