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  • Jagged streaks of lightning can be seen as a storm moves through Roselle on Tuesday evening.

    Suburbs cleaning up after storms roll through areaMay 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    People in DuPage County woke up to see damage from powerful storms Tuesday night. DuPage County seems to be the hardest area hit, with hail the size of golf balls, and 2 inches of rain reported in Naperville. The National Weather Service also has issued a flood advisory for DuPage and southern Cook counties after the storms dumped buckets of rain through the area.

  • Lightning could be seen as a storm moved through Roselle on Tuesday evening.

    Large hail falls on suburbs; flood advisory issued especially in DuPageMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Tuesday night for DuPage and southern Cook counties after storms brought big hail and wind as well as buckets of rain through the suburbs, especially in DuPage and southern Kane counties. Runoff was expected in Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lisle, Naperville, Oak Brook, Westchester and Westmont.

  • Schaumburg Village Trustee Frank Kozak and his wife, Char, barely survived a tornado that leveled down a family member's Oklahoma City home a year ago. Despite lingering scars, the Kozaks said the experience also boosted their faith in other people.

    Year later, scars from tornado remain for Schaumburg coupleMay 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    A year after narrowly surviving massive tornado that ravaged the Oklahoma City area, Frank and Char Kozak still bear the physical and psychological scars. But despite their ordeal, the Schaumburg couple says the experience more than anything increased their faith in others. “There are so many ways people are reaching out to people in need,” Frank said.

  • Coast Guard completes ice breaking on Great LakesMay 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Coast Guard says that Operation Taconite has ended and encompassed all of Lakes Superior and Michigan, the northern half of Lake Huron, the St. Marys River and the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

  • The train underpass on Route 41 north of Route 176 in Lake Bluff was flooded Tuesday. Weather forecasters have indicated that this latest rain should not result in any major flooding throughout Lake and northern Cook counties.

    More rain expected, but flooding not in the early forecastMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    National Weather Service officials said the latest rain will not do enough to push the swollen rivers and lakes past their breaking point. The forescast for today calls for scattered showers, but no serious downpours that would threaten flooding.

  • Traffic was congested on Route 41 at Route 137 in Lake Bluff after Route 41 was closed Tuesday morning due to flooding. Overnight storms caused area flooding and traffic problems in Lake County.

    Potential for more flooding in Lake, Cook counties hinges on rainy forecastMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some suburbs saw enough rain in the last two days to leave streets flooded and impassable, but meteorologists say there’s no need to break out the sandbags just yet. But officials are watching the rainy forecast to see if there’s a potential for a more serious flooding problem in the coming days.

  • Now back at his home in Hawthorn Woods, mountain climber Joel Schauer shows the site and describes the tragedy of the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas. Schauer was at base camp when the avalanche occurred and was scheduled to make the climb two days later.

    16 lives lost, but Everest still callsMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The avalanche of massive ice blocks crushed 16 sherpas a short walk from his tent, and mountain climber Joel Schauer of Hawthorn Woods says he's still working through the emotions of that morning.

  • Flooding hits Lake, Cook, Kane countiesMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Storms that swept through the area Monday evening caused localized flooding in Lake, Cook and Kane counties, with hail and several lightning strikes reported. Lake County experienced localized flooding that closed several intersections, including at routes 45 and 137 and at routes 41 and 176. Cars became trapped in water at those intersections, but nobody was injured, officials said.

  • Minor flooding on the Mississippi; rain a worryMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Mississippi River is creeping up again, flooding some low-lying roads and agricultural land in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

  • Cloud cover the sky at the west side of Chicago, Sunday, May 11, 2014. Thunderstorm warnings were declared for areas including Chicago, as well as Lake, McHenry, DuPage and Kane counties.

    Illinois storms spawn hail, winds, floodingMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Parts of Illinois are cleaning up after storms caused golf ball-sized hail and flash flooding in some communities. The National Weather Service says hail was reported across northern, central and western Illinois on Sunday.

  • Keith Vest competes in a disc golf tournament Sunday at Aggie Greens in Fort Collins, Colorado. Snow is expected to fall through Monday, with highs reaching the sixties later this week.

    Spring snows hit Rockies; Plains face high windsMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dozens of snowplows were taking to the slush-covered streets of Denver early Monday, after a powerful spring storm dropped heavy snow across parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, even as stormy weather moved into the plains states and drew warnings about conditions ripe for severe thunderstorm and tornadoes.

  • Thunderstorm watch for Chicago area until 10 p.m.May 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Chicago area until 10 p.m. as a result of a system that could produce very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

  • An anemometer mounted on the center pole detects wind conditions above the UP Northwest tracks at the junction of the Milwaukee North Line in Chicago.

    Metra wind detectors aim to keep trains on timeMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Metra officials hope new wind-measuring devices will help keep riders on time during inevitable spring and summer storms. The addition comes after complaints from passengers in 2013 about stopped and delayed trains along the Union Pacific lines after severe weather had cleared.

  • Vehicles lie at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday April 30, 2014. Nearly 2 feet of rain drenched Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the span of about 24 hours.

    5 things to know about this week's deadly weatherMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite a quiet start to the severe weather season, the most deadly and fierce severe storm outbreak of 2014 left a path of destruction across the U.S. this week. Here's a look at five interesting numbers about this storm.

  • Storm sweeping through suburbsApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Two men stand in front of a destroyed house in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year’s storm season, officials said.

    Images: Weekend storms kill 17 in Arkansas and OklahomaApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Severe storms moved through Oklahoma and Arkansas over the weekend killing 17 people and injured many more. More severe storms are expected on Monday in those same areas.

  • A row of lightly damages houses, top, face destroyed homes in a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood Monday, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday, killing at least 16 people.

    Second wave of tornadoes barrels through SouthApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    At least three tornadoes flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and bent telephone poles into 45-degree angles as they barreled through the South on Monday, killing at least one woman in Mississippi and unleashing severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. Local officials also reported six deaths in Alabama from a tornado. State emergency officials could not immediately confirm those deaths.

  • A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

    Severe weather outbreak forecast for South Central statesApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. A storm will move slowly across the United States over the next seven to 10 days.

  • Lake Zurich was one of several communities hit by hail the morning of Saturday, April 12. Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported there.

    Lake Zurich warns of bogus roofing contractor ‘feeding frenzy’Apr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake Zurich government officials are warning residents to be leery of bogus roofing contractors they say are seeking business from residents whose homes recently sustained hail damage.

  • The devastation in Utica the day after the April 20, 2004, tornado. Eight people were found dead in the wreckage throughout town..

    Utica residents observe 10th anniversary of tornadoApr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    A powerful storm swept through Utica on April 20, 2004, caving in the century-old sandstone walls of the Milestone Tap restaurant and tavern. Eight people were found dead in the wreckage the following day, while nine others were found alive in the rubble.

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