Thunderstorms, High Winds Sweep Northwest Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- A line a thunderstorms swept across northern Illinois, bringing with it high winds and early reports of uprooted trees and downed power lines.

Commonwealth Edison spokeswoman Liz Keating says Monday's storm knocked out power to 188,000 customers, most of them in Chicago's southwest suburbs. Keating says crews were out making repairs.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said the storm produced gusts of between 60 and 70 miles per hour. He said the weather service received reports of numerous trees down and demolished grain bins.

Wind gusts of 67 miles per hour were reported at Chicago's Midway International Airport, causing flight delays.

The storm, which moved quickly across the region, also caused the Metra commuter rail line to halt rush hour service on its Union Pacific north and northwest lines.


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