The wave of storms overnight, which prompted tornado and flood watches across the area, dumped enough rain to make this July the wettest in the city of Chicago’s history. Going into last night, only 0.53″ of rain was needed to become the wettest. That amount and more came down last night with the monthly rainfall total climbing to 9.75″ shattering the all-time wettest record for the month of July of 9.56 inches set 122 years ago (in July 1889).
This July is now the ninth wettest month in Chicago history. The all-time monthly rainfall record is 17.1 inches, set in August 1987.
The rain caused problems across the Chicago area. In Palatine, it overwhelmed the gutters on one building, sending gushing water from the roof at the height of the storm.
Not only did the storms generate heavy rain, but also damaging winds and lightning.
In Loves Park (Winnebago County), a boat tied to dock in Rock River lifted out of water and landed in a nearby tree. Several windows were blown out in the area.
In the Rockford area, trees down with reports of 70-80 mph wind gust.
In Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, drivers woke up to major damage from downed trees. Falling branches busted out the windows of several cars.
In Carol Stream, there were reports of numerous large trees downed in the area of Gary Avenue and Thunderbird Street.
Lightning was blamed for at least four house fires overnight. Lightning struck a home at 509 Dogwood Ct. in Schaumburg around midnight Wednesday night, leaving a hole in the structure of the house, ripping off the aluminum siding, and hurling the window shades to the ground. According to Schaumburg firefighters, no one was injured. However, a yellow sign now hangs on the house, signalling that the house in uninhabitable.
Firefighters responded to a second home a short time later less than 2 miles away in the 300 block of Carmelhead Lane, also in Schaumburg. The severity of that lightning strike and resulting fire was not immediately clear.
Lightning also caused a fire at a house in Fox River Grove, where homeowners had to huddle outside as crews put out a fire on the second floor and attic of a house. A neighbor noticed the flame and called 911.
The lightning also took down large branches from a tree in the yard at the house.The fire was contained quickly, and all residents and pets escaped safely.
A fourth home in Highland Park was also hit by lightning and set a fire overnight.
At the height of the storm, as many as 79,000 ComEd customers lost power in the city and suburbs. That figure has been reduced to 69,000 this morning. Of those without power include 17,000 ComEd customers in the city of Chicago, 20,000 in the northern suburbs, 21,000 in the western suburbs, and 11,000 in the southern suburbs.
More rain is on the way! A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through this evening. It will also remain pretty muggy around the area today. Temperatures are expected to climb near 90 degrees. A Heat Advisory is also in effect.
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