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  • Chance of severe storms mainly south this evening Oct 13, 2014 6:02 PM
    Strong thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 60 mph could hit the area this evening, the National Weather Service is reporting. Any of these storms could produce heavy rain, lightning and an “isolated tornado,” according to the weather service. A tornado watch that had been effect for counties south of the Chicago area has been expanded to include Will County.

     
  • Storm damages some homes in northeastern Indiana Oct 8, 2014 6:20 AM
    Officials say a storm damaged several homes in northeastern Indiana a weather front moved across the state.

     
  • Weather forces flight cancellations in Chicago Oct 2, 2014 4:36 PM
    Weather is causing delays and hundreds of cancellations at Chicago’s international airports almost a week after sabotage at a suburban air traffic control center disrupted travel nationwide. The Chicago Department of Aviation said Thursday that 450 flights were canceled at O’Hare and 300 flights were canceled at Midway, including all Southwest Airlines flights.

     
  • O’Hare, Midway, canceling flights due to chance of bad weather Oct 2, 2014 2:26 PM
    O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport have been canceling flights scheduled this afternoon due to expected bad weather and the previous fire at the Federal Aviation Administration tower in Aurora. About 450 flights have been canceled at O’Hare and up to 300 at Midway as of late morning.

     
  • Forecasters: This winter won't be as bad as last year Sep 22, 2014 7:06 AM
    While summer ended nearly spot-on as far as average temperature goes, it probably didn't seem that way because of a soggy atmosphere and overcast skies that frequently lurked. “What was lacking this year were the warm spells,” Tom Skilling said. The good news? Forecasters say the winter ahead won't be nearly as bad as the last one.

     
  • Firefighters finally home from Cabo: ‘We figured it was time to try' Sep 21, 2014 1:20 AM
    The Hoffman Estates wedding party slipped out of their Mexican hotel at 5 a.m. Thursday, toting their luggage down a side road and through an industrial area heavily damaged by Hurrican Odile. There, they met the vans they were promised to get them to the Los Cabos airport. "We figured it was time to try something,” Hoffman Estate firefighter Bart Needham said. They were finally going home.

     
  • How Hoffman Estates firefighters got out of storm-damaged Cabo Sep 19, 2014 9:06 AM
    For days after Hurricane Odile struck Los Cabos, Mexico, the wedding party of Hoffman Estates fire Lt. Tom Mangiameli had contended with dwindling food and water supplies, no electricity and the threat of looters roaming the area outside their hotel. But with the resourcefulness of some former military members among their ranks, the party made its break for freedom under cover of darkness early Thursday morning.

     
  • Flood advisory for suburbs extended as rain continues to fall Sep 10, 2014 11:16 AM
    The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the suburbs until 2:30 p.m. The weather service estimates two to four inches of rain has fallen on the area so far today, with another one to inches possible.

     
  • Storm causes as much as $5 million in damage to Wheeling High School Sep 9, 2014 11:37 PM
    The severe storm that ripped through the suburbs Friday afternoon caused as much as $5 million in damages at Wheeling High School that need to be fixed immediately, officials said. The Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board will hold an emergency meeting Thursday morning to approve waiving competitive bidding and spending the funds needed for quick repairs to the school.

     
  • ComEd: 930 suburban homes still without power Sep 7, 2014 8:43 PM
    About 930 suburban homes are still without power Sunday afternoon from Friday afternoon's violent storm.

     
  • ComEd: On track to restore power by Sunday night Sep 6, 2014 10:10 PM
    While around 31,500, most in the Northwest and North suburbs, remained without electrical power Saturday night in the wake of Friday’s violent storms, ComEd officials said repair crews were making progress and that almost all service is expected to be restored by Sunday night.

     
  • Falling tree in Northfield kills Chicago actress Sep 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    A veteran actress in TV shows and stage productions across the area, Molly Glynn died Saturday after being struck by a tree uprooted during Friday’s violent storms. “I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save her. She’s gone,” read a Saturday morning Facebook post by her husband and fellow actor Joe Foust.

     
  • Images: Friday Severe Weather Sep 5, 2014 9:05 PM
    Images from Friday's sudden rain and fast-moving severe weather in the suburbs of Chicago. Thousands were out of power in the region, and large trees were downed as well.

     
  • Storms packing high winds and heavy rain roll through the area Sep 5, 2014 4:03 PM
    A quick-moving storm brought high winds and heavy rain into Lake County Friday afternoon. A tree fell onto a car at the Libertyville Metra Station and trapped the driver.

     
  • More than 60,000 without power in suburbs Sep 6, 2014 7:54 AM
    More than 60,000 customers remained without power in the Northwest and West suburbs as of 8 a.m. after strong storms whipped through Friday afternoon. More than 37,000 were without power there as of 1 a.m., especially in an area centered on Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling. Kane County's 10,000 without power centered on Elgin and East and West Dundee.

     
  • Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice Sep 2, 2014 2:08 PM
    Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that’s because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia.

     
  • Severe thunderstorm warning for Cook, Lake counties expires Aug 26, 2014 11:29 AM
    A severe thunderstorm warning issued for northwestern Cook and Lake counties was allowed to expire at 10:45 a.m., according the National Weather Service. The line of storms that prompted the warning weakened and no longer posed a serious threat, the weather service said.

     
  • Storms cause flight cancellations, delays; maybe rain overnight Aug 25, 2014 11:34 PM
    A band of thunderstorms that traveled through the area in early afternoon caused delays at both airports and a severe thunderstorm watch has been extended for some areas through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

     
  • District 95 puts new excessive heat plan to use on the first day of classes Aug 25, 2014 5:48 PM
    It didn't take long for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials to tap into a new heat policy designed for school buildings without central air conditioning. “Yes, how ironic that we had to institute the extreme heat procedures on the first day after a relatively cool summer,” District 95 spokeswoman Jean Malek said.

     
  • Storms bring relief from hot temperatures Aug 25, 2014 2:17 PM
    Temperatures rose quickly this morning before storms moved into the area and sent temperatures back into the 70s. The forecast calls for more storms this afternoon and evening.

     
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