Storms cause damage in city and suburbs

July 31, 2008 8:17:56 PM PDT
Severe storms swept through the Chicago area Thursday afternoon.In some places, trees were blown over by high winds.

Storms rolling through the Chicago area have caused some damage and power outages in the western suburbs.

Comed said about 1,900 people were without power in their western region, which would include Lombard, as of 4:30 p.m. They say they have about 7,600 people total without power in their larger service area.

One tree fell across a road in Lombard, taking out power lines and knocking over some trash.

The far South Side of Chicago also suffered damage.

At 113th and Wentworth, the Chicago Fire Department said that at 2:30 p.m. when the winds really whipped up, a tree toppled over, crashed onto a tree which then fell on some power lines and then onto a red car.

One person was in the car at the time and trapped inside. Rescue crews and ComEd were called to the scene. The condition of that person was unknown.

High winds also tore part of the roof off a church at 110th and Lowe. There was water damage inside a hallway.

And at a home on Addison, a tree toppled onto a roof. A father and a 7-year-old daughter were inside of this home. They were not hurt.

"They sounded big to her. And I thought it wasn't that big. When I went outside I was worried immediately about the structure of the house and the roof and anything else. But it seemed like the roof really caught it well and it just like sat down on top of it. It was a loud thump but it didn't crash into or through the roof in any way," said James Wolgemuth, homeowner.


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