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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Florida more vulnerable to killer twisters than Midwest Jun 13, 2014 4:10 PM
    Along with Florida, Dixie Alley — including Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, western parts of the Carolinas — is where “more people die from tornadoes” than anywhere else in the world, said Southeast Regional Climate Center director Charles Konrad II

  • 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.

  • State could change regulations to help limit flooding Jun 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    One of the best ways to curb flooding in the suburbs, an environmental advocate says, is to keep rainwater from going down the drain in the first place.

  • More than 50 dead in Afghan flooding Jun 7, 2014 2:31 PM
    The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority has stockpiles of food and other supplies in Baghlan province and has started the process of shipping them to the affected area, said Mohammad Aslim Sayas, deputy director of the agency.

  • Winds, flooding blamed for 3 deaths in South Jun 5, 2014 6:35 PM
    Strong winds and flooding led to the deaths of at least three people in the South on Thursday as powerful thunderstorms moved through the region. In Arkansas, two people were killed as strong winds toppled trees.

  • Storms expected to hit Chicagoland move south Jun 4, 2014 7:52 AM
    Heavy rain and severe weather expected Wednesday morning has shifted and moved south of the city, officials from the National Weather Service said Wednesday. Now, light showers are being forecast through noon, with cooler weather moving in after the rain moves on.

  • Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more Jun 2, 2014 4:16 PM
    Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds. But here is Victoria’s secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger, the researchers conclude.

  • 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.

  • Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils May 31, 2014 2:46 PM
    “It’s going to be like eating spaghetti with a spoon. It can be done, but it’s going to be messy and slow,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

  • Six missing Mount Rainier climbers feared dead May 31, 2014 10:02 PM
    Six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are presumed dead after helicopters detected pings from emergency beacons buried in the snow thousands of feet below their last known location, a national park official said Saturday.Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said the helicopter crew also spotted camping and climbing gear in an avalanche-prone area more than 3,000 feet below the group’s last known whereabouts.

  • Drones are newest hurricane research tools May 27, 2014 2:19 PM
    The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s dark places, transmitting data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms fizzle while others strengthen into monsters.

  • 5 things to know about hurricane season May 27, 2014 2:19 PM
    Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into storms in the hope they can learn more about how storms strengthen and better predict a storm's intensity. With the season's official start just days away, here are five other things to know about hurricanes:

  • First hurricane forms off Mexico May 24, 2014 1:47 PM
    Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart told The Associated Press that Amanda does not appear to pose any threat to mainland Mexico at least over the next five days. He said it could become a major hurricane sometime Sunday, still far out in the Pacific.

  • 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.

  • Images: May Snow May 16, 2014 11:33 AM
    Our already cold spring just got a little worse on Friday wheen snow blanketed the nothwest and west suburbs. It's late in the season for snow, but Illinois has had snow as late as June 2nd.

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