Strong storms hit Chicago area

June 5, 2008 9:53:28 AM PDT
Storms brought lightning, rain and floods to the Chicago area Thursday night. High water covered a number of roads and streets in the south and southwest suburbs.

In Richton Park, a rain-swollen creek ended up flowing across Sauk Trail and Governor's Highway.

In Posen, the downpour flooded Sibley Highway near I-57. The foot of water covering the roadway caught many drivers by surprise.

Kankakee saw several inches of rain fall in a short amount of time. Police there closed off a couple water-covered streets -- but not before one driver stalled when he underestimated the depth of the flooded road near his home.

"Took a left right here, by the time I made a left, the water was like that. I called 911. The water was rushing in the door," said Brian Pecchenino, flooded driver.

The storm also created a light show overnight. Bolts of lightning were spotted around the Mokena area.

Just after lightning struck in Oak Forest, the lights went out.

There were to reports of lightning strikes in Orland Park.

Lightning destroyed the chimney of a home along Oxford Drive, startling the homeowner just as he was getting ready to sleep.

"It shook the whole house. Knocked over a couple of TVs and that's it. It scared the hell out of me," said Stephen Wiskup, homeowner.

A short distance away along Mission Hills Court, lightning hit the antenna and damaged the roof of a home.

On the city's Northwest Side, a possible lightning strike damaged the roof and started a small fire in a bungalow.

There were no injuries in any of the lightning strikes.


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