Residents clean up mess made by Tuesday night storms - FOX 32 News Chicago

Residents clean up mess made by Tuesday night storms

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Daniel V. Hoffman (drone 400 ft in air above Shorewood and faceing north) Daniel V. Hoffman (drone 400 ft in air above Shorewood and faceing north)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - All flights at Midway Airport were halted and a flash flood warning was issued for parts of the Chicago area Tuesday night, as a line of thunderstorms dropped large hail and torrential rainfall.

As of 8:50 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for parts of Lake, Cook and Will counties. All other parts of the metro area remained under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m., the weather service said.

The storms walloped the western suburbs Tuesday night as they moved across northeastern Illinois. The storms put on quite a lightning show. One lightning bolt hit an apartment building at 159th and Central Park in Oak Forest.

One woman told FOX 32's Darlene Hill she called 911 after she saw the lightning bolt strike the top of the roof. The apartment building was evacuated due to the smoke and water damage. 

One woman who lives across the street from the apartment complex said she saw the flames and ran to help the people inside. She said she had never seen anything like it.

"The flames started shooting out of the roof, big flames. I started pounding on the window of the first one I could hit on the first floor. I saw the fire squad so I directed them, waved them over and rold them I was going to start letting people out," the woman said. 

Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident.

In west suburban North Aurora and Naperville, residents reported 1-inch hailstones and as much as 6 inches of standing water on some streets and viaducts, the weather service said.

Airlines halted all flights in and out of Midway Airport because of the weather, and more than 115 flights at O’Hare Airport were been canceled, the city’s Department of Aviation said.

Delays at O’Hare were between an hour and an hour and 15 minutes, and are getting longer, the Federal Aviation Administration’s website said just before 9 p.m.

Wednesday morning, people broke out the mops and water pumps to clean up the mess made by the storms that rolled through  the area. 

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this story.

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