Chicago weather forecast: After a super thunderstorm raises a hurricane warning, it leaves damage

CHICAGO (WLS) – A high-explosive thunderstorm swept through the Chicago area Monday evening, leaving a streak of wind damage that stretched from the far northwest suburbs into Indiana.

The storm traversed more than 100 miles, hitting the northwest suburbs before diving south, roaring through the city and maintaining its strength as it passed through northwest Indiana.

The storm prompted the issuance of tornado warnings across northern Illinois and Indiana. Wind damage has been widely reported, but so far, no hurricane landings have been confirmed.

The National Weather Service is sending a survey team to the Streamwood/Schaumburg/Roselle area Tuesday morning to investigate two areas of potential tornado damage. They will also monitor damages in the Westchester/Bellwood/Maywood areas.

In the western suburb of Bellwood, village officials said a small explosion tore off the roof of a multi-unit apartment building near 24th Street and Washington Boulevard. It happened around 7pm, while the families were sitting down to dinner.

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“We just heard people screaming that the roof was off, get out, get out,” said Laronda Neal, a resident.

Village officials said a young woman was taken to hospital after being hit by falling debris, but that she was expected to be fine.

“A lady on the third floor was screaming; she needed help, and the roof collapsed on her,” said one Euphoriana resident Nell.

Isaiah Griffith, a resident of the second floor, heard the woman’s screams and ran to the third floor for help. When he got to her unit, he saw electric sparks.

“It was like I couldn’t explain,” he said, “as if it was spreading all over the place.” “It was terrifying, it was terrifying.”

The Red Cross is organized at Bellwood Village Hall to help any residents find a place to stay.

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“It could have been worse, so I have to thank God,” said Eforiana Neal.

Residents described what they heard when that roof was torn down, saying, “We heard a whistling sound,” “I heard thunder pounding, it was like a thump,” and “Then we heard a loud bang, like a thump, like something crashed.”

“I thought our roof was going to collapse, as there was a lot of water flowing in,” Eforiana Neal said.

Major Andre Harvey said a building inspector would be there Tuesday morning to assess the structure, adding that no one was seriously hurt.

“So, once we make sure it’s structurally sound, we can probably accompany residents to get their belongings so they can move to other accommodations,” he said.

The families stopped to seize some of their possessions, as the building was uninhabitable.

“It’s incredible, like, you can see the sky from my living room and bedroom,” said Sheila Lilly, one of the residents.

She was at work when her 18-year-old son described her as hysterical.

“It was like, the roof fell off.” I’m like, “Well, what do you mean the ceiling fell?” So, he showed me FaceTime and he showed me, I just quit work and came here right away.”

The mayor said it could take months to fix the building’s roof.

Village Hall doubles as a cooling hub for those who need it, too.

Miguel Martinez Bellwood’s home was hit by a huge tree, which was cut in half and dug a hole in the ceiling, while his family was in the living room.

“It could have been worse. I mean, just looking, especially because we were all in the living room, so it could have been really bad,” he said.

Major Harvey said the entire village had some sort of tree damage.

“So our Department of Streets and our Department of Public Works have been out all night to clean the streets; like I said, we have residents actually helping each other clear the streets,” Harvey said.

In the northwest suburbs, one of Roselle’s oldest trees has given way to sudden strong winds. Positive trend The village mayor’s house survived.

“I was in Village Hall, I got a lot of calls from my wife,” Major David Belsky said. “She was in our basement with our one-year-old. We’re just grateful he fell away from home.”

The automatic cleaning crew got around once it was safe to get out.

“I live in two houses, and that’s what the neighbors do,” said Joe Keitlinger. “Hibiscus, they take care of each other.

On the north side of Chicago, a storm destroyed a Toyota dealership in Lincoln Park. No one was reported injured.

Travelers with 84 mph winds hid outside O’Hare International Airport and all incoming and outgoing flights were grounded. Crowds of people seeking shelter scrambled to the lowest level at the airport.

And for good reason. High winds capsized over several planes at nearby Schaumburg Regional Airport. A single lightning strike started a fire in the Northbrook home in the northern suburbs.

Many Metra lines temporarily suspended service as the storm hit.

On Tuesday morning, BNSF train numbers 1224, 1226, 1221 and 1254 will not operate due to the continuing effects of Monday night’s storm.

A Mitra spokesperson said wreckage was on the rails after the storm, and that the tracks needed to be inspected, leading to hours-long delays for conductors.

Workers were also trying to operate one side of the Bellwood Metra station after serious flooding.

Even Brookfield Zoo has been affected by the storm: It won’t open until 1 p.m. Tuesday, as workers clean up debris, including fallen trees.

The zoo said in a statement that its lands had sustained significant damage and that parts of the site may not be open on Tuesday.

As of 10:30 a.m., ComEd reported 36,000 of them were without power due to the storm, down from an altitude of 125,000.

Komede said workers are making the rounds, mostly in the northern and northwest suburbs and the city, in an effort to restore electricity and order before sweltering temperatures make the task unbearable.

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Hibiscus sub-station was also damaged.

Chicagoans who need to report a power outage or outage should call ComEd at 800-334-7661.

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For large fallen limbs or fallen trees blocking a highway, residents should call 311 and report a “tree emergency.” Chicago residents must visit 311.chicago.gov To report water in their basement, standing water in their streets, tree wrecks and traffic lights. Residents are also encouraged to download the CHI 311 app from the App Store or Google Play to generate 311 reports.

With the warm front rising from the storm northward, temperatures will rise well into the 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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