The entire Chicago area was put under a severe thunderstorm watch early in the morning. Then, at about 11 a.m., the area was hit by its first round of severe weather as thunderstorms dropped heavy rains and dangerous lightning throughout the area. A second round of storms then hit a couple of hours later bringing more heavy rain, high winds, lightning and a tornado warning in south suburban Kankakee.
According to Chicago media reports, the National Weather Service thunder storm watch stayed in effect until 4 p.m. At that time, the storms finally moved east, and began threatening ares in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Meanwhile, in Chicago, residents are still dealing with the aftermath.
While there were no reported deaths or injuries, streets and viaducts were reported as flooded. There were also numerous power outages across the area and local power crews were working to restore electricity. Many residents were also reporting flooding in their basements.
The biggest headache would be anyone attempting to fly in or out of the Chicago area airports. Delays were reported at both Midway and O’Hare International Airport. However, only O’Hare was reporting cancellations. As of 3:30 p.m., there were reports of 450 flights cancelled.
More storms are expected to hit the area on Monday and potentially severe weather may hit the area again on Tuesday. Summer-like temperatures are expected in the Chicago area on Memorial Day as the high is predicted to reach about 90 degrees.