Chicago Weather: Scattered storms produce localized flooding in suburbs

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
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Some parts of the Chicago area saw localized flooding as scattered thunderstorms develop Friday afternoon.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Some parts of the Chicago area saw localized flooding as scattered thunderstorms developed Friday afternoon, mainly across the western and southern suburbs.

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ABC7 Meteorologist Larry Mowry said the slow-moving storms have the potential to dump 1 to 2 inches of rain in isolated locations that may lead to localized street flooding. Any storms that develop are also likely to produce frequent lightning as well.

Due to the weather conditions, O'Hare International Airport experienced arrival flight delays that average 4 hours and 35 minutes. For flights that have land, the taxi time averaged between 31 and 45 minutes to reach a gate. At Midway Airport, only minor delays were reported for arriving flights, and passengers experienced between 16 and 30 minutes of taxi time on average.

About 11,000 people were without power, according to ComEd. The customers that experienced outages are mostly in the Southern suburbs.

Flooding has was reported in south suburban Orland Park, where a trained spotter reported 3 inches of standing water near Crystal Tree Drive and 143rd Street. Another weather spotter reported 5 to 6 inches of water along 75th Street west of Janes Street in southwest suburban Woodridge. In the northbound lanes of I-355, drivers did their best to get around several flooded roads, slowing traffic.

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In Corey Evans' basement in South Holland the water reached several inches high, damaging clothing and electronics.

"It's one of those things were you hope is doesn't happen to you," said Evans.

There was kayaking at the Jewel Osco parking lot in Darien. The water even creeped inside the front entrance of the store. Several cars were towed away with water damage.

"I have never seen it like this," said James Most, a kayaker. "And we have been living here for a while."

A statement from the National Weather Service also warned that conditions are favorable for funnel clouds to develop in storms moving across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Friday afternoon.

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