CHICAGO (WLS) — A supercell thunderstorm tore through the Chicago area Monday night, leaving a trail of wind damage that stretched from the far northwest suburbs to Indiana.
The storm traveled more than 100 miles, slamming northwest suburbs before plunging south, roaring through the city and maintaining strength as it moved through northwest Indiana.
The storm caused tornado warnings to be issued in northern Illinois and Indiana. Widespread wind damage was reported, but so far no tornado touchdowns have been confirmed.
WATCH | Storm rips roof off Bellwood building
In the western suburb of Bellwood, village officials said a microburst ripped the roof off a multi-unit apartment building near 24th and Washington. It happened around 7 p.m., just as the families were sitting down to dinner.
“We just heard people shouting that the roof was off, get out, get out,” said resident Larhonda Neal.
Village officials said one resident, a young woman, was taken to hospital after being hit by falling debris, but is expected to be fine.
The Red Cross is staged at the Bellwood Village Hall to help residents find housing.
WATCH | Supercell storm knocks down trees in Roselle
In the northwest suburbs, one of Roselle’s oldest trees gave way to sudden strong winds. A favorable leadership spared the village mayor’s own house.
“I was at town hall, I got a lot of calls from my wife,” Mayor David Pileski said. “She was in our basement with our one-year-old. We’re just grateful he fell away from home.”
The spontaneous clean-up team approached as soon as it was possible to get out safely.
“I live two houses away, that’s what the neighbors do,” Joe Kightlinger said. “Roselle, they take care of each other.
Travelers took shelter as 84 MPH winds whipped the outside of O’Hare International Airport and all arriving and departing flights came to a halt. Crowds of people seeking shelter rushed to the lowest level of the airport.
And with good reason. Strong winds overturned several planes at nearby Schaumburg Regional Airport. And a single strike sparked a fire in a house in the northern suburb of Northbrook.
Several Metra lines temporarily suspended service during the storm. And as of 10 p.m., ComEd reported that more than 33,000 people were without power due to the storm, down from a high of 88,000.
ComEd said 600 workers were circling in the dark Monday night, trying to restore power and order before sweltering temperatures made the task unbearable.
WATCH | ABC7 AccuWeather Forecast
As the warm front that started the storm picks up to the north, temperatures will climb well into the 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
When the humidity is taken into account it will be as hot as 105 degrees and maybe even hotter in some places.
A Heat Notice was released from noon Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. The advisory includes north-central and northeastern Illinois, as well as parts of northwestern Indiana.
Officials warn that hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat-related illnesses, which could develop within 30 minutes after strenuous outdoor activity.
Residents are advised to take extra precautions, including drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air-conditioned areas and staying out of the sun. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening if you are working or spending time outdoors. Also wear light, loose clothing when possible.
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Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Anyone overwhelmed by the heat should be moved to a cool or shaded area, officials said. Heatstroke is an emergency and 911 should be called.
Residents who need help during the extreme heat should call 311. Residents can also request a health check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting 311.chicago.gov or dial 311.
They also recommend checking on relatives and neighbors.
City of Chicago Cooling Zones located at the city’s six Community Service Centers will be activated on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chill Zones operate 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visitors are required to wear a face covering when in the chill areas. DFSS will provide free face coverings to customers who do not have one and wish to use the cooling zones.
They are located at:
– Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th St.
– Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
– King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
– North Zone Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
– South Central Chicago – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
– Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.
During business hours, residents can also find relief at any of the Chicago Public Library’s more than 75 locations and more than 31 Chicago Park District country homes and 176 wading pools.
Last month, during a spring heat wave, three women were found dead in a Rogers Park seniors’ apartment building where other residents said they had begun complaining to the management of oppressive heat conditions a few days earlier.
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Authorities are also reminding people never to leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Due to high temperatures, the Chicago Department of Transportation canceled the lift and boat race scheduled for Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said the heat should break by the end of the week.
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