Severe Weather Hits Chicago – Stormy Weekend on Tap for Midwest

Thousands of people living on Chicago’s south side were left without power early Wednesday after a powerful thunderstorm slammed the area. The storm resulted in flash flooding in some areas of the south side as well as in some Chicagoland suburbs. At times, up to two inches of rain fell per hour over Chicago while winds were whipping up to 60 miles per hour.

The bad news is that Chicago is not done with the wet weather yet as more thunderstorms with heavy down pourings of rain are due in the coming days. Forecasters are warning that several more inches of rain can come down which will likely cause significant flooding in areas along streams and rivers as well as in low-lying areas.

On Wednesday, tornado watches were in effect for a large portion of the country from the panhandle of Texas up through the mid portion of Nebraska as yet another wave of thunderstorms have the Plains and Midwest in the bulls-eyes once again. A severe thunderstorm warning that was posted Wednesday for central Nebraska area included the possibility that hail the size of golf balls could come down to damage vehicles, homes and crops. That storm system also is bringing with it a risk for twisters and damaging winds on top of heavy rainfall.

The many severe thunderstorm watches that are in effect include most of west Oklahoma as well as Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs. That is where Moore is located, the community that was devastated on the 20th of May by an F5 tornado that killed two dozen people. In all, over half of the United States is under threat for severe weather for the remainder of this week. That weather is most likely to consist of heavy thunderstorms, damaging hail, high gusting winds and tornadoes.

Storms produced tornadoes in southern lower Michigan overnight Tuesday that downed trees and powerlines and damaged homes and businesses. Several twisters were spotted in the Kalamazoo area and flooding occurred just southwest of that western Michigan city that left over a foot of water on area roadways. The bad weather struck southern lower Michigan at the same time when area residents were preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of a tornado that hit the Flint area in early June of ’53, leaving over 100 people dead.

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