Severe thunderstorms that included high winds, hail and torrential rains that downed trees and halted trains passed over the Chicago area over night as rain continues on Saturday.
Scattered and isolated thunderstorms are expected to continue in the area until at least 6 p.m., officials said.
Overnight, a man was injured during the storm when a tree fell on him on the 7200 block of West Howard Avenue Friday evening, according to the Chicago Fire Department. He was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.
In addition to that incident, a woman was injured when a roof in her Wicker Park home collapsed on the 1100 block of North Ashland Avenue around 7 p.m., fire officials said. She was taken in serious-to-critical condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
More than 150,000 households lost power across ComEd's service area but by about 9:40 p.m., more than 95,500 households had their power restored.
As of 11:30 a.m., of the 167,000 people affected 23,000 remain with out powe, ComEd officials said Saturday.
“It’s pretty much all well south and southwest of the Chicago metro area now,” National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said.
The storms that passed through will bring somewhat of a relief to the heat wave the Chicago area has been stuck in for the past week, according to the National Weather Service.
Scattered and isolated thunderstorms are expected to continue in the area until at least 6 p.m. when the sun should come out for the early evening, officials said.
O’Hare International Airport reported record-tying heat Friday with a 96 degree high. The 96-degree record for Aug. 30 was also hit in 1953 and 1925, according to the weather service.
WGN’s Tom Skilling tweeted that the peak gusts in the area were 84 miles per hour in Hinsdale and 75 miles per hour in Skokie.
Dozens of Metra trains were halted and delayed during the evening rush for about two hours due to high winds and severe weather.