Weekend thunderstorms downed trees, took out power - FOX 32 News Chicago

Severe weekend weather caused funnel clouds and minor damage

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Severe storms crossed the Chicago area between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, triggering tornado warnings.

There were funnel clouds spotted along a line between Bartlett, Itasca, Glenview, Schaumburg and Arlington Heights. Radar images confirmed possible rotation over these areas.

Uprooted trees caused minor damage to homes on Salem Drive in Schaumburg, where Darlene Reed recalls the scary moment when the "winds collided from opposite directions," toppling a large tree in her yard and breaking a window.

The National Weather Service will determine if this damage was due to a small microburst or low hanging funnel cloud or a brief tornado touchdown.

There was also small hail and up to an inch of heavy rain associated with the afternoon storms.

No injuries were reported.

Families in Hanover Park and surrounding areas sat in the dark after Sunday's storms.

"We've been by candlelight and we're actually attempting to make some dinner and by candlelight," Hanover Park resident Elizabeth Catanzaro said.

Catanzaro described the stormy weather that left some parts sprinkled with debris, leaves and downed tree branches.

"It just got real dark, real windy and stuff blowing around. We decided that we were going to sit in the hallway for a little while," Catanzaro said.

The afternoon wind and rain that knocked down large trees, like one near Michigan Avenue and Mies Van der Rohe Way, prompted thousands of power outages across the state. Streets were filled with pockets of flooding.

"It was windy and really rained - thunder showers and rain,"Hanover Park resident Vasu Patadia said.

Patadia said the storm lasted about 15 minutes but the aftermath lasted much longer.

"Right now it's dark, no heat and power went out around 2:55pm... 2:45pm and we are cold," Patadia said.

Moments after speaking with residents, a FOX Chicago News crew saw a ComEd crew preparing to fix downed lines and restore power to dozens of neighborhoods.

"We're energizing the wire right now," said Russ Putz, a ComEd worker.

By Sunday night, ComEd's website indicated multiple power outages across the Chicagoland area and Northern Indiana - many prompted by damaged power lines that could take hours to repair.

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