Strong storms blow through Chicago area

May 14, 2008 5:34:12 AM PDT
Parts of the Chicago area are cleaning up from the storm that swept through Tuesday night. 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.