Severe Thunderstorms Hit Chicago Area For Second Night; Damage, Downed Power Lines Reported In Western Suburbs – CBS Chicago

Severe Thunderstorms Hit Chicago Area For Second Night; Damage, Downed Power Lines Reported In Western Suburbs – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Severe thunderstorms hit of the Chicago area for the second night in a row late Wednesday.

Early in the evening, a severe thunderstorm was hovering over Oak Brook and later Lemont, and was nearly stationary there. There was as risk of 60 mph winds and quarter-size hail, and reports of dime-size hail have already come in. The strongest winds were near Oak Brook Center Mall early Tuesday evening.

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CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist reported a lot of lightning was also associated with the cell. A Northern Illinois University student and storm chaser, Ethan Mok, tweeted this dramatic flash of lightning:

A flash flood warning has been issued until 10:30 p.m. for central Cook and eastern DuPage counties. It covers communities from Schaumburg south to Downers Grove and almost down to Orland Park.

Between 1 to 3 inches of rain have already fallen. Areas such as Darien, Burr Ridge, and Willow Springs got hit hard with several inches of rain, and another inch or two of rain per hour is possible.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued earlier in the evening for southeast DuPage, north central Will, and south central Cook counties, and for southeast Newton and southern Jasper County in Indiana.

Viewer Jennifer Hoffman sent us some photos of menacing clouds over Godley, Illinois in Will and Grundy counties.

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Godley Storm Clouds

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Damage was already reported in the western suburbs before sunset.

Local Storm Reports: 08.25.21

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Twitter user Physique (Zeke) Bonura tweeted a photo of a large hailstone that he reported fell in Villa Park.

There were also reports that lightning struck an electrical box on Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park, forcing police to shut down the road.

Meanwhile in Oak Brook, police said officers and ComEd were called for downed power lines on Oak Brook Hills Road. Several tree branches were also down at the scene because of strong winds and a hail storm, and everyone was advised to avoid the area.

Another line of storms was also moving to the east from far west of the Chicago area. Tazewell and southern Peoria counties were placed under a separate severe thunderstorm warning for those storms, and they were nearing LaSalle County by just before 7 p.m.

With the hot and humid air mass in place, thunderstorms this eve are slow movers (some stationary), creating localized flooding. Winds may gust 50-60 mph with the strongest cells. Also, reports of hail continue to come into the NWS from trained storm spotters. Storms will weaken later in the evening.

In the days to come, we stay muggy and very warm since the front to our north is stuck in place. The front may drift near the Wisconsin state line on Thursday, but basically, we stay extremely humid.

Next 24 Hours: 08.25.21

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At A Glance Tomorrow: 08.25.21

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With that pattern in place, it doesn’t take much for storms to form. So get used to them, because we will see the same activity for Thursday and Friday.

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Dewpoint Forecast: 08.25.21

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A cold front arrives Sunday late day. Storms will accompany the passage of the front. But it will bring a less humid air mass and cooler temperatures for next week.

Precipitation Chances: 08.25.21

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7 Day Forecast: 08.25.21

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