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  • Damage from fallen tree in Wauconda won't delay Cook House event Jun 23, 2014 4:49 PM
    An open house scheduled for Sunday at the newly renovated Andrew C. Cook House in Wauconda will be held as planned, even after a storm caused an oak tree to fall on the back porch of the historic building, officials said Monday.

  • Scattered thunderstorms force airport delays, cancellations Jun 24, 2014 12:28 AM
    The National Weather Service is saying there’s a chance of scattered, possibly strong thunderstorms tonight, and the spotty weather has forced airport delays and cancellations.

  • Severe storms moving out, thousands left without power Jun 21, 2014 10:35 PM
    The threat of severe weather has weakened after storms produced torrential rain and strong wind gusts earlier today. More than 12,000 ComEd customers were left without power by 9 p.m., spokesman David O'Dowd said.

  • Tornado strikes S. Dakota town Jun 19, 2014 4:49 PM
    A timely warning allowed an entire South Dakota city to shelter from a tornado that razed dozens of homes and businesses but injured only one or two people in the area, officials said Thursday.

  • Lightning strikes Glen Ellyn-area home Jun 20, 2014 12:35 AM
    A reported lightning strike caused a fire on the roof of a house Thursday night in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn, authorities said. The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company responded to the fire on Stratford Court, located west of Stratford Road, about 9:30 p.m.

  • Hundreds of flights canceled, some still delayed at O’Hare Jun 20, 2014 8:49 AM
    Some 660 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday due to low visibility brought on by Wednesday night’s severe weather, officials said.

  • Storms sweep through suburbs; airport delays reported Jun 18, 2014 10:29 PM
    Severe thunderstorms packing large hail, strong winds and heavy downpours struck the Chicago area tonight including a strong storm with 60-70 mph winds that moved through the Aurora area. A lightning strike caused a small fire at a home in North Aurora. The severe weather caused delays at both airports.

  • Tornado watch lifted, severe weather possible throughout the day Jun 17, 2014 2:22 PM
    A tornado watch in place early this morning in the suburbs has been lifted by the National Weather Service. However, threats of severe weather remain throughout the day and potentially through Friday morning, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said.

  • Harsh winter damages historic Black Hawk statue Jun 11, 2014 4:30 PM
    The brutal winter was rough on the more than century-old Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. Large pieces of the statue’s concrete surface have dislodged, and chunks of its arms have fallen.

  • St. Charles company helps pick up pieces after disasters Jun 1, 2014 6:40 AM
    The largest temporary housing placement company in the country is located in St. Charles. See how this company, started in a basement, helps about 60,000 people a year find shelter when they lose everything in a disaster. "I was blown away" by the level of help, said Steve Hargis, who lost his home in a tornado.

  • Suburbs cleaning up after storms roll through area May 21, 2014 11:18 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.

  • Large hail falls on suburbs; flood advisory issued especially in DuPage May 21, 2014 12:05 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.

  • Year later, scars from tornado remain for Schaumburg couple May 18, 2014 8:26 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 Lakes May 16, 2014 4:16 PM
    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.

  • More rain expected, but flooding not in the early forecast May 15, 2014 1:20 PM
    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.

  • Potential for more flooding in Lake, Cook counties hinges on rainy forecast May 13, 2014 2:28 PM
    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.

  • 16 lives lost, but Everest still calls May 13, 2014 11:17 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.

  • Minor flooding on the Mississippi; rain a worry May 12, 2014 12:19 PM
    The Mississippi River is creeping up again, flooding some low-lying roads and agricultural land in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

  • Illinois storms spawn hail, winds, flooding May 12, 2014 11:38 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.

  • Spring snows hit Rockies; Plains face high winds May 12, 2014 7:40 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.

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