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Floods Recede in Chicago Area but New Watches set for Friday

Flood waters on numerous Chicago area streets have receded even though many creeks and streams remain swollen with rains that fell this week. However, residents are not out of the clear just yet as the National Weather Service has put out another flash flood watch for Friday.

The southwestern suburbs were the most hard hit. Nearly five inches of rain fell on Joliet as of Thursday morning with over four inches falling in Plainfield and Oswego. Joliet receive an inch of rain in just five minutes’ time on Thursday morning. Flash flood warnings were issued for numerous Illinois counties Thursday as rain amounts were as high as six inches in many areas put under the warning.

O’Hare International Airport was forced to cancel over 400 flights on Thursday while many airlines delayed flights going into and leaving the airport. Midway canceled a few flights as well. Adding insult to injury, temperatures reached a sweltering 95 degrees in the Chicago area on Wednesday which was just two degrees shy of the record set back in 1999.

In spite of the thunderstorms which dumped heavy rain and hail on Chicago area over the past couple of days, forecasters are calling for more rain. Strong to severe thunderstorms are aligned along a cold front that is now sitting over the area. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for Chicago’s western suburbs Friday and the system will move over much of the area as the day progresses. Many downed power lines caused power outages across Chicagoland as ComEd reported that nearly 67,000 power outages throughout its system.

The storms also knocked out power to those living in northwest Indiana as well. Many residents in that area are dealing with flooded basements and some have reported finding up to five feet of standing water in their homes. Some homeowners in Joliet, Illinois have reported that this is the second time this year that their homes have been inundated with water.

Chicago area residents who experienced flooding have a lot of work ahead of them over the next few days. One positive note is that the the storms brought some relief from the high temps as the temperature dropped as much as 30 degrees in some areas of the city Thursday. Friday’s highs are expected to be around 70, which is very welcomed news to the heat weary folks of the Windy City even though they have more bad weather to keep an eye on.

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