Storms slam Chicago area, ignite Skokie gas fire

August 20, 2011 (SKOKIE, Ill.)

High winds toppled power lines, which in turn, ignited a gas fire in north suburban Skokie. At one point, flames were shooting from the line.

The fire department responded and put out the fire. ComEd and Nicor are working to restore the gas line.

About 1,000 customers lost power in the area, but nearly all of them have had their power restored Saturday night. Nobody was hurt.

The heavy rain caused some flash floods and other problems in Lake County as well.

Storms downed trees in Vernon Hills, and crews worked to clear out limbs and debris from streets and sidewalks.

Some streets flooded in low-lying areas of Glencoe, and several viaducts were impassable because of standing water.

In the city, threatening storm clouds quickly gave way to torrential downpours sending people running for cover. The heaviest rain fell in the city between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning, before letting up.

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