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  • Summer chill changes scene at area pools Jul 15, 2014 5:53 PM
    An unusually chilly July day caused some area swimming pools to close Tuesday and left others with much smaller crowds than you'd expect in the heart of summer.

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • Images: The July Supermoon Jul 13, 2014 3:04 PM
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon was seen all ove the world Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. The next supermoon will be August 14th.

     
  • 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

     
  • Taste of Chicago canceled for day due to storms Jul 12, 2014 4:42 PM
    Authorities have canceled the entire day of events at the Taste of Chicago festival because of heavy rain and flooding on the festival grounds. Today’s events were to have included concerts by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and roots-rock songwriter Lucinda Williams. The Taste says on its Facebook page that all tickets purchased online would be refunded automatically.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Strong quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami Jul 11, 2014 5:19 PM
    A strong earthquake hit Japan’s northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake early Saturday triggered a small tsunami and prompted towns across the northern coast to issue evacuation advisories.

     
  • Polar vortex next week? Not likely, but it’s going to be cold Jul 11, 2014 12:00 PM
    Dire predictions of the return of the dreaded polar vortex to the Chicago area next week might have been a bit exaggerated, but you can expect to feel cooler than normal temperatures. You can also expect severe storms to hit us tonight and tomorrow.

     
  • Lake Zurich village board approves more engineering work for flood-prone area Jul 8, 2014 5:34 PM
    Lake Zurich trustees have agreed to pay for engineering design work as part of an effort to stem flooding on the village’s east side. Vernon Hills-based Manhard Consulting Inc.’s design duties will address a proposal to increase storage capacity of a detention pond that collects stormwater for the Cedar Creek subdivision.

     
  • 4 Lindenhurst homes targeted for razing to curb flooding Jul 8, 2014 5:32 AM
    The Lake County Stormwater Management Agency plans to purchase four homes and three vacant lots in Lindenhurst as part of a voluntary buyout program to alleviate flooding. The village would pay 25 percent of the $917,227 cost for acquisition, demolition and related costs. “Those folks (homeowners) have all signed letters of interest and are on board,” Village Administrator Matt Formica said.

     
  • Lake County stormwater presentation: Jul 8, 2014 12:07 PM
    The League of Women Voters-Illinois, the League of Women Voters-Lake County, and Faith in Place are co-sponsoring two presentations of “Stormwater From the Ground Up” on July 9 and July 31.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast Jul 4, 2014 2:42 PM
    A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm. Arthur strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday night, with winds of 100 mph as the storm neared North Carolina.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm Jul 2, 2014 9:39 PM
    As one of the year’s busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along the shore.

     
  • 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.

     
  • More torrential rain worsens Midwest flooding Jul 1, 2014 6:22 PM
    More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation’s busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town for the fifth time in less than a decade.

     
  • 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."

     
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