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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Strong storms move through area, damaging Oak Park church
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St. Edmund Church in Oak Park suffered damage to its steeples after strong storms moved through the area Wednesday morning.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Strong thunderstorms moved through the Chicago area Wednesday morning, bringing high winds and a tornado warning.

The thunderstorms have led to ground stops at both O'Hare and Midway airports. A ground stop for departures remains at O'Hare until 12:13 p.m. As of 10:03 a.m., 222 flights have been canceled at O'Hare and another 53 cancellations at Midway.

A Tornado Warning expired for DeKalb Wednesday morning. The warning was in effect until 6:45 a.m. as a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the far western suburbs.

A Tornado Watch was in effect in La Porte and Starke counties in Northwest Indiana and has expired.

A line of thunderstorms began moving through the western suburbs between 6 and 7 a.m.

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Saint Edmund Church on Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park suffered damage to the spires around the top of the church and school.

Large stone pieces came crashing down around the church and even on the sidewalk outside the school.

Peak wind gusts:

-Compton: 79 mph

-Valparaiso 66 mph

-Roselle 61 mph,

-Sycamore 59 mph,

-Midway 54 mph,

-O'Hare 47 mph.

Engineers assessed the damage, including to the sidewalk.

At Austin Gardens a nearby park is closed Wednesday because of large amounts of debris. A large old tree toppled over after high winds.

From storms that came through Tuesday night, strong winds tore the shingles off the roof of Pilgrimage Congregational Church on Lake Street, and one of their trees in the back came crashing down onto a nearby home.

Rob Kleps has been going around town snapping photos of all the storm damage- he did not expect what he saw.

"It seemed to be microbursts rather than just a huge wind going through everything and I'm wondering how much damage was caused by winds swirling around high-rises. They certainly changed the wind conditions."

Storms topple trees in western suburbs

ComEd workers have been busy too. They are working on over 120 active outages with over 2,600 homes affected as of 11:15 a.m.

The weather has impacted Metra service, with high winds leading to impacts on the Metra BNSF, UP West and UP NW.

Gusting winds throughout the day, with temperatures falling in the afternoon.

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