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  • Storm sweeping through suburbs Apr 29, 2014 12:14 PM
    A fast moving thunderstorm is moving through the suburbs right now with a chance for more storms later this afternoon, according to A fog advisory also remains in effect for the area until 2:15 p.m. The National Weather Service also issued a tornado warning for Stephenson County after radar indicted a tornado had touched down.

  • Images: Weekend storms kill 17 in Arkansas and Oklahoma Apr 28, 2014 11:11 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.

  • Second wave of tornadoes barrels through South Apr 28, 2014 9:05 PM
    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.

  • Severe weather outbreak forecast for South Central states Apr 25, 2014 9:36 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 warns of bogus roofing contractor ‘feeding frenzy’ Apr 24, 2014 5:41 PM
    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.

  • Utica residents observe 10th anniversary of tornado Apr 21, 2014 8:05 PM
    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.

  • Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile home Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM
    Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Lutheran Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.

  • Golf ball sized hail reported throughout suburbs Apr 12, 2014 4:00 PM
    Hail as big as golf balls blanketed roads and lawns as severe thunderstorms rolled through the suburbs Saturday. A Barrington car dealership reported windows on some vehicles were smashed by the hail. An Algonquin resident called it "one of the largest hail storms" she's ever seen.

  • El Nino could grow into a monster, data show Apr 12, 2014 9:01 AM
    The odds are increasing that an El Nino is in the works for 2014 — and recent forecasts show it might be a big one. But the most important thing about El Nino is that it is predictable, sometimes six months to a year in advance.

  • Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33 Apr 7, 2014 10:56 AM
    The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which said all but three have been identified.

  • Scattered flooding as storms drench the Southeast Apr 7, 2014 10:57 AM
    Severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast on Monday forced rescue crews in small boats and military trucks to rescue people trapped in an Alabama mobile home park and in cars flooded by a swollen creek.

  • Fermi hosts annual seminar on severe weather, climate change Apr 5, 2014 7:12 PM
    The enthusiasm to hear bad weather news was so great at Saturday's Tornado and Severe Storms seminar, an overflow crowd had to watch a televised version of WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling’s presentation outside Ramsey Auditorium. Lombard resident Jim Leyland and his grandson, Josh McGregor of North Aurora, were among the lucky ones who got a seat. “We want to learn about tornadoes and climate change,” said Leyland, who referred to Skilling as “Mr. Weather.”

  • Strong storms, hail, flooding expected for Illinois Apr 2, 2014 5:21 PM
    The National Weather Service says tornadoes, strong winds and large hail could pound portions of southern and southwestern Illinois in the coming days. In the suburbs, we are expecting rain and cold, windy weather.

  • Officially, winter gives way to spring today Mar 20, 2014 5:20 AM
    “Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness, come,” poet James Thompson of Scotland wrote in 1728. But the kilt-friendly, Scottish winter of 1727-28 was nothing compared to our long-underwear-required suburban winter of discontent in 2013-14.

  • HUD awards Cook, DuPage counties another $64 million in flood relief Mar 17, 2014 6:52 PM
    Suburban Cook and DuPage counties will receive nearly $64 million in additional federal disaster relief to assist local communities still recovering from last spring’s record storms and flooding, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday.

  • Severe weather spotter class in Lake County Mar 16, 2014 3:59 PM
    The emergency management agencies in Antioch and Lake County are hosting a National Weather Service severe weather spotter class, Wednesday, March 19, at the Antioch High School Auditorium, 1133 Main St.

  • Palatine man dies in massive Ohio pileup crash Mar 13, 2014 5:14 PM
    A Palatine man was one of three people who died Wednesday in a winter weather-related chain-reaction crash on the Ohio Turnpike, authorities said Thursday. Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, was driving a commercial vehicle involved in the crash with as many as 16 vehicles in Sandusky County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

  • Snow moving out, cold moving in Mar 12, 2014 6:11 PM
    An overnight snowstorm has left between 1-inch and 6-inches on the ground, but the snowstorm is slowly moving out of the area while cold weather moves in. Officials said the heavy, wet snow, is forcing slow commute times throughout the area, and people are urged to slow down to avoid potential accidents.

  • Enjoy warm while you can; snow is coming back Mar 10, 2014 2:49 PM
    Don’t put away those snowblowers yet. We hate to cast a cloud over today’s balmy temperatures in the suburbs, but another snowstorm is headed our way. But take heart. It could be worse: The record low for March was -12 in 1873.

  • After FEMA denial, Quinn turns to state tornado aid Mar 5, 2014 8:14 PM
    After the denial of federal disaster assistance, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state will be making $45 million available to help local governments recover from November’s deadly tornadoes.

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