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updated: 8/20/2011 6:19 PM

A soggy start to a busy suburban weekend

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  • Heavy rain fell in Mount Prospect as Walmart shoppers rushed to their cars on Saturday.

       Heavy rain fell in Mount Prospect as Walmart shoppers rushed to their cars on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A sewer drain in the parking lot of Walmart in Mount Prospect had a foot of rain spinning down the drain at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

       A sewer drain in the parking lot of Walmart in Mount Prospect had a foot of rain spinning down the drain at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The main courtyard area in Long Grove, including the sidewalk, bottom, was rain-flooded for a short time at the start of the 23rd annual Long Grove Fine Art and Wine Festival on Saturday.

       The main courtyard area in Long Grove, including the sidewalk, bottom, was rain-flooded for a short time at the start of the 23rd annual Long Grove Fine Art and Wine Festival on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A couple heads for their car at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle during a late morning rain Saturday.

       A couple heads for their car at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle during a late morning rain Saturday.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald staff report

Fun in the sun had to wait a bit Saturday morning as a band of thunderstorms moved through the suburbs, dumping heavy rain and hail and temporarily halting several local events.

About an inch of rain fell during the storms, with the worst of it hitting the North and Northwest suburbs, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. Streamwood reported 2.89 inches of rain, while Huntley reported 2.49 inches and Lake Zurich reported 1.60 inches. Hail was reported in Algonquin.

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Lake Zurich, Long Grove and Wheeling reported minor flooding on some streets, and Elk Grove Village reported a power line down, which was quickly fixed. Mount Prospect also had flashing traffic signals. However, there were no reports of major storm-related damage.

The line of storms came through the area around 10 a.m. just as a number of local outdoor events were about to get started, including the annual Chicago Air and Water Show. Officials there halted the show shortly after it started and told attendees to seek shelter as the storms passed.

But the storms left the area around noon, giving way to sunshine and a resumption to all area festivities.

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