Storm Rolls Through Illinois, News Round-Up

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A strong and fast-moving storm pounded Illinois, knocking out power to thousands of people and stopping travel on trains and at airports.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Monday for northeastern Illinois. Winds gusts were clocked at 70 mph, and the weather service says humidity will send the heat index surging to 100.

ComEd spokeswoman Paul Calligan estimates over 33,000 people are currently without power in Boone and Winnebago counties, and there is no estimated time to which it will be restored. He says it may take more than a day to restore service to all customers.

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Chicago airports see storm delays, cancellations

CHICAGO (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms in the Chicago area have caused delays and flight cancellations.

Airlines at O'Hare International Airport report delays averaging 45 minutes for arriving and departing flights. The weather has caused more than 100 flight cancellations at O'Hare.

At Midway International Airport, some airlines are experiencing delays averaging 50 minutes for arriving and departing flights. One cancellation has been reported.

The Chicago Department of Aviation advises travelers and people picking up passengers to check the status of flights on airline websites.

The strong winds and rain in northern Illinois knocked out power to 615,000 utility customers. The fast-moving storm downed trees and damaged property throughout the Chicago area.

Storms knock out power to 615,000 in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- Strong winds and rain pounded Illinois, knocking out power to 615,000 utility customers in northern Illinois.

ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson says the largest number of outages was in Chicago's north suburbs where 280,000 customers were in the dark. Power was also out Monday for 156,000 customers west of the city, 80,000 in the southern region and 108,000 in the city of Chicago and Maywood.

ComEd has nearly 400 repair crews out trying to restore service.

The fast-moving storm downed trees, damaged property and hampered travel throughout the Chicago area.

The Chicago Department of Aviation reports that flights were stopped at both O'Hare and Midway airports because of the storms. And the Metra commuter rail service stopped trains and warned of delays of up to an hour.

Storms, strong winds hit Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- Strong storms hit Illinois during the Monday rush hour, downing trees and power lines and causing delays on commuter trains.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning, and meteorologists say humid weather could cause the heat index to surge to 100.

The storms are bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds.

That's caused Metra to stop trains on some of its commuter lines. The train service says delays of 45 minutes to an hour are expected while the storm moves through the area.

DeKalb County Damages

DeKALB (WIFR) -- The DeKalb County Courthouse is closed today because of a power outage and the Sheriff's Office received nearly 40 storm-damage related calls.

Many roads in DeKalb county had downed power lines and trees obstructing traffic.

Additionally, a tree landed on a mobile home in Sycamore, but no one was injured in the accident.

Monroe, Wisconsin Damages

MONROE (WIFR) -- The Monroe Police Dept. is saying that 70-plus-mile-per-hour winds damaged several structures in town and caused power outages in the city's downtown area.

Some of the damages include a house roof on 10th Ave., house windows on 14th Ave, the Parkside Elementary School roof, a tree on a shelter house at Twining City Park, a Tree on a House on 3rd Street, and a tree on a house on Riviera Ct.

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