Severe storms cause damage, flooding

June 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) Streets were flooded all over the city and suburbs.

The storm sent trees toppling over cars. Throughout the northwest side there was evidence of the powerful winds.

On West Carmen, Jerry Crise and his wife watched as a tree fell on his garage - with two cars inside - then ripped off their porch, taking down power lines in the process.

"We heard a big crash and bang and looked out the window. The tree was tearing the deck of my house and falling on the garage," said Jerry Crise.

A few blocks away large tree branches on West Winona landed on three cars.

"The hail was coming down in sheets. You couldn't even see anything visible. Then I heard the cracking and all the trees came down," said Rich Miceli.

Cheryl Cassidy saw things flying during the height of the storm and went downstairs to check on her mother.

"I actually saw a big tree go sideways through the alley and this tent that was in the yard went flying...I don't know where that is," said Cheryl Cassidy.

Brian Massengil was also home with his daughters.

"The thunder was really loud," said Harper Massengil, Brian's daughter.

"We heard the tree crack and come down on our front porch and then we saw all these other trees down on our block. It's pretty crazy around here," said Brian Massengill.

While there is much damage, there is also much gratitude that it wasn't worse.

"I actually lived through Hurricane Andrew, so this is mild. But the good thing is the neighbors are here to help and I hear the cutters coming down the street so it should get cleaned up pretty soon," said Jan Arnold.

Twenty-three thousand three-hundred ComEd customers in Chicago were without power on Friday night. In the north suburbs, 38,600 customers did not have service, along with more than 59,000 in the south and west suburbs.

Delays at Chicago airports

Delays at O'Hare were averaging two hours or more on Friday nigh. More than 200 flights have been canceled.

At Midway, delays were averaging 90 minutes or more and some minor cancellations.

Passengers traveling through O'Hare or Midway today are advised to contact their airline to check the status of their flight.

Possible microburst on North Side

A person who was trapped under a fallen tree in the 4600-block of North Paulina is expected to be OK.

Emergency crews were able to free the man, who was taken to a local hospital in good condition.

The Chicago Fire Department said there may have been a microburst on the city's North Side around 10 a.m. Heavy rain continues to fall, mixed with bursts of lightning. The extent of the damage is not clear, but streets are flooded and some branches are down.

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