Fast-moving morning storm leaves thousands without power

July 24, 2012

WBEZ

Around 146,000 ComEd customers are without power after strong thunderstorms this morning, according to the utility's website.

The National Weather Service says the quick hitting storm raced across Northeast Illinois into Northwest Indiana during the morning commute.

Winds were measured between 60 and 80 miles per hour in some areas.

But meteorologists say things should calm down this afternoon, with possible scattered rainfall throughout the day.

As of 12:00 p.m., ComEd reports:

  • "More than 146,000 customers have been affected by the storm.  We are currently assessing the damage and will have more detailed restoration information later today."


David Beachler from the National Weather Service said the Chicago region had a quick-hitting storm that lasted almost two hours, with anywhere between ½ inch to 1 inch rainfall —not uncommon with fast-moving thunderstorm.

There was a pretty potent line of wind associated with the storm raced across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana traveling between 50-60 mph in speed and wind associated estimated between 60,70 rough estimated of 80 mph.

The winds have caused power outages and fallen trees continue to bring down power lines and any trees in its way - hardest hit areas is in northern Jasper County Indiana near Wheatfield area, numerous large trees down.

Chicago region will probably be quiet, but there's still chance for showers and thunderstorms—but not near the strength of the storm Tuesday morning.