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  • Flooding causes major delays on Eisenhower Expressway Aug 5, 2014 6:33 AM
    Ponding continues in Des Plaines and other areas due to heavy rain overnight. The Eisenhower Expressway was shut down overnight due to flooding.

  • Communities scramble to find road salt Jul 28, 2014 4:05 PM
    Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter’s record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies.It’s likely the price will be much higher — possibly double what they paid last year — if they are able to find any vendors willing to sell them road salt.

  • Strongest storm in decades in south China kills 18 Jul 20, 2014 8:55 AM
    The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people, the government said Sunday, while in the Philippines the death toll from the storm’s earlier destruction rose to 94. Typhoon Rammasun killed nine people and left five missing after hitting Hainan island.

  • ‘Polar’ air coming overnight, with low around 53 Jul 14, 2014 9:49 PM
    With the chance of storms in the afternoon passing without real precipitation, the attention now turns to the “polar” air that will make for good sleeping weather without air-conditioning in the middle of July.

  • Storms rumble through area Jul 13, 2014 8:25 AM
    Heavy rains soaked the suburbs late Saturday night. Storms were expected to dump as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. A tornado watch for most of the Northwest suburbs expired at 1 a.m. Reports of damage so far were minimal

  • Will County jail video visits resuming after storm Jul 11, 2014 5:12 PM
    Video visitation equipment at the Will County jail in Joliet is being restored after a lightning strike disabled the system during the June 30 storm.

  • Arthur moving away from NC’s Outer Banks Jul 4, 2014 2:46 PM
    While state and local officials worked to restore access to Hatteras Island and help those who had suffered storm and flooding damage, the effects of the hurricane were mostly confined to that part of the state. Farther south, the beaches were once again packed with people soaking up the sun.

  • 5 tornadoes hit Illinois Monday, weather service says Jul 2, 2014 10:06 AM
    The National Weather Service is now reporting five tornadoes touched down in Illinois during a storm that dumped heavy rain as it swept across the state. The weather service confirmed a tornado touched down in Plainfield, causing some damage.

  • Storms cause major delays on I-190, flooding in suburbs Jul 1, 2014 11:48 AM
    Flood warnings remain in effect for the entire area after torrential downpours overnight caused flash flooding and standing water on major roadways. The National Weather Service said the I-190 spur was flooded between River and Manheim roads, causing major delays for people trying to get to O’Hare International Airport. Many people got out of their cars and tried walking to the airport on the shoulder of I-190, multiple news agencies reported.

  • St. Charles police officer helps family escape fire Jul 1, 2014 10:07 AM
    An alert St. Charles police officer spotted a house on fire early Tuesday morning and helped its occupants escape safely, authorities said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities said it could be related to the severe storms that moved through the area Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

  • Apparent tornado hits rural southern Wisconsin Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    An apparent tornado has damaged homes and farm buildings in rural southern Wisconsin. The storm hit around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Damage stretches from south of Highland to north of Dodgeville. Iowa County Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert says crews are trying to make their way to the hilly, northern half of the county to assess damage. No injuries are reported. Hurlbert says some brief flash flooding also hit the area. The National Weather Service says the storm continued into Dane County, causing a 4.3 mile path of wind damage. There are reports of numerous downed trees, roof damage to a barn and a house at a stables and a grain elevator blown down. Forecasters say more storms could fire up in southern Wisconsin Monday afternoon into the evening.

  • Elgin mom, son fall into sinkhole, run over Jul 2, 2014 1:16 PM
    An Elgin teenager suffered serious injuries after the car he was riding in early Tuesday morning plunged into a sinkhole on a rural Kane County road and then was run over by a pickup truck. “It was dark, it was pitch black, and all of a sudden I'm in the hole,” the boy's mother, San Juanita Pineda said. “The impact was pretty hard."

  • Storms through suburbs take out power, disrupt travel Jul 1, 2014 4:42 AM
    Storms came in with driving wind, rain and lightning Monday evening, but damage from the earliest line of bad weather was largely limited to lightning strikes and downed power lines and trees, officials said. An early line of storms moved into the area around 6 p.m., disrupting air and train travel and leaving about 63,000 ComEd customers without power as of 10 p.m. Airlines reported more than two-hour delays with 450 flights canceled at O'Hare.

  • Storm debris collection: Jun 25, 2014 5:12 PM
    Because of the recent weather-related damage in Wauconda, the local public works department will collect debris from trees and bushes through Monday, June 30.

  • Funnel clouds spotted over DuPage County not tornadoes Jun 25, 2014 5:33 AM
    The National Weather Service said it received reports of funnel clouds from places in DuPage and Cook County. The agency got reports, photos and videos of funnel clouds near Oak Brook, Western Springs, Hinsdale and other locations Tuesday, according to a National Weather Service online special weather statement. Pictures of the clouds were posted in social media.

  • Hawthorn Woods storm cleanup: Jun 24, 2014 5:14 PM
    Hawthorn Woods village officials said Waste Management is providing residents with trash containers for disposing of fallen branches, tree limbs, and logs from last weekend’s storm.

  • 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.

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