Flash floods hit Chicago area

September 18, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Only one lane of traffic was passable on sections of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways during the severe storms Wednesday evening.

Parts of the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood were hit with more than three inches of rain Wednesday. Nearly two inches of rain fell in south suburban Burnham in about 55 minutes, and quarter-sized hail fell in northwest suburban Des Plaines, according to the weather service.

The storms also put on a major light show across the Chicago area and along with that, loud thunder.

Both directions of the Eisenhower Expressway experienced flooding between Western and Ashland Avenues.

On the CTA, buses on the No. 66 Chicago line, the No. 49 Western line, the No. J14 Jeffery Jump line and No. 95E 93rd to 95th line were because of flooded viaducts.

Pink Line trains were briefly halted at Damen because of debris on the tracks, but service has since resumed with residual delays, the CTA said.

Tree limbs were down and power was out in some parts of Niles as of 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The storm brought hail to the area around Devon in Dempster in Chicago as well.

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