Strong storms blow through Chicago area

CHICAGO It brought lightning and hail and knocked out power to thousands across the city and suburbs.

In Joliet, lightning blew out a transformer and snapped a power line. That live wire landed in the wet grass. It sparked for nearly an hour before ComEd crews shutdown the electricity.

In Elgin, firefighters had to rescue a driver of a minivan who became trapped when a tree fell. Strong winds apparently knocked over the large tree along Route 31. It took out a live power line as it came down. The driver was not seriously hurt.

In rural Grundy County, pea-sized hail fell as the leading edge of the storm swept through.

At the height of the storm, 10,000 ComEd customers lost power.

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