CHICAGO (CBS) — Following a day of triple-digit heat, the Chicago area saw some strong thunderstorms today.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Kane and Will counties on Friday morning. The warning expired shortly before noon as the strongest storms moved out of the area.READ MORE: Fire Department Rescues Blue Macaw In The Loop
Winds were gusting to 60 miles per hour with heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning.
In fact, as CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, a lightning strike destroyed a chimney at a home on the Northwest Side. Firefighters had to chop a hole into the roof to vent the smoke.
Downtown, folks tried their best to keep dry during the late morning deluge. Others welcomed the downpour.
“I haven’t seen a good thunderstorm in a long time,’ said a slightly soaked Stacey Swanson, referring to the extended dry spell in May and June.READ MORE: One Dead, Another Critical After A Fiery Car Crash On Lake Shore Drive
At times, the rain seemed to be falling harder than the water from the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park.
A group of kids and their chaperones taking in the sights downtown had to improvise–donning white garbage bags to stay dry.
One woman was wearing a garbage bag, styled as an “up-do” on her head.
“Yeah, I didn’t want to get my hair wet,” Angel Cook said, laughing.
There was a slight relief from the excessive heat from Thursday, with highs expected in the 80s. The high at O’Hare on Thursday reached the 100-degree mark for the first time since 2005.MORE NEWS: Two Chicago Police Officers Shot On South Lawndale Released From Hospital
A series of isolated storms hit Chicagoland last night, with the southern suburbs hit with driving rain and hail up to an inch in diameter.