Severe Thunderstorm Warning
While high winds prompted extensive delays on several Metra train lines, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Chicago area and surrounding counties Monday morning.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued this morning for Boone, McHenry and Winnebago counties in the far northwestern suburbs. A flood warning is also in effect in parts of Lake County.
Severe thunderstorms clobbered the Chicago area just in time for the morning rush Tuesday, bringing dangerous winds that ripped down trees and cut power more than 300,000 at the height of the outages. The number of outages was down to 83,000 by mid-afternoon.
A day after dozens of kayakers were rescued on the Chicago River after a thunderstorm hit the city, several kayak tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan were canceled on Monday, amid a new threat of thunderstorms.
A thunderstorm bringing winds up to 60 miles per hour will blow through parts of the northwest and west suburban Chicago area Tuesday night.
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.
Booming claps of thunder took the place of the alarm clock for many Chicagoans Monday morning, and the storms are expected to continue off and on all day.
Heavy storms that moved through the Chicago area on Sunday forced canceled and delayed flights at both airports, and also left behind flooded roadways and basements.