CHICAGO (CBS)– Tornado warnings were issued Tuesday evening for parts of Cook, Kankakee, and Will counties, and Lake County, Indiana.
The tornado warning was initially issued until 8:30 p.m. for southeast Cook County and for northwest Lake County in Indiana. It was canceled around 8:09 p.m. as that storm system moved out onto the lake.
Warnings were earlier issued for Will and Kankakee counties.
Air raid sirens were heard blaring as dark clouds rolled through Northwest Indiana during the tornado warning, but there were ultimately no reports of major damage in the area.
But one funnel cloud was spotted in Beecher at 7:17 p.m., another in Monee at 8:18 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning was also in effect for the south suburbs, the city’s South Side, and even approaching the Loop. The warning was in effect until 8:15 p.m.
By 10 p.m., leftover rain remained in LaPorte and Porter counties in Indiana – but it was otherwise quiet.
The strong winds and severe storms were plowing through the Chicago area as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal.
Even before the tornado warnings, the storms took down trees and lampposts and were indirectly to blame for a CTA train derailment. They also cut power to thousands of ComEd customers.
As tropical moisture surges ahead of the approaching cold front, and we can expect hazardous weather conditions through 10 p.m.
The afternoon storms brought down trees in some locations, including West Rogers Park.
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CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist reported wind gusts rose to 74 mph in Rosemont earlier in the day. Wind damage was seen multiple locations, including Oak Park, Midway International Airport, Belmont-Cragin, Burbank, and Oak Lawn.
The wind had people’s hair standing on end downtown. The wind also knocked the covers off several streetlights at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street – the globe light covers were seen bouncing down the sidewalk and rolling across the street.
A tree also came down at Paulina and Wolfram streets in West Lakeview, and also took down a light pole.
An even larger tree also came down at Randolph Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Oak Park.
Yet another tree came down on the trench where the Chicago Transit Authority Yellow Line runs through Evanston and Skokie. A train could not stop and ended up derailing.
One person was injured in that incident, and service on the line was suspended.
Meanwhile, ComEd reported a total of 1,123 active outages affecting 21,900 customers as of 8 p.m.
A Wind Advisory will be in place until midnight from northern Cook County to the Wisconsin state line. High winds have also meant waves have built on the lake for Cook and Lake counties in Illinois through the afternoon.
Breezy conditions will continue into Wednesday with scattered showers possible throughout the day. The high temperature will be 80 degrees on Wednesday.
Sunshine returns as temperatures and humidity drop through the end of the week and into the weekend. High temperatures will be in the 70s.