Chicago weather: Storms topple trees, knock out power across Chicago area

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Storms topple trees, knock out power across Chicago area
Severe weather moved through the Chicago area Tuesday night, toppling trees and knocking out power.

SKOKIE, Ill. (WLS) -- Storms toppled trees in several neighborhoods and suburbs across the Chicago area Tuesday evening.

Skokie residents woke to toppled trees after Tuesday night's storm packed powerful wind gusts.

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Everyone seems to be okay, but neighbors said they were shocked to see the tree damage left behind.

"I heard like a lot of wind," Skokie resident Mursal Ahmad said. "I couldn't sleep. I was half-awake, half-not."

Ahmad, 12, said she can't believe her eyes after a large tree limb came crashing down in front of her Skokie apartment during the overnight storms.

The limb fell just feet from a den of burrowed baby bunnies on the 9100-block of North LaCrosse Avenue. The bunnies appear to be unharmed.

"I always saw it in the movies like there would be a tree falling down and I never thought it would actually happen, so at first I got kind of startled like 'OK is this real? Am I dreaming? Did a tree actually fall right in front of my apartment?'"

Just down the street another large limb remains toppled over on a blue SUV.

All of this played out right in front of Danny Tandur's apartment.

"Was not expecting this," Tandur said. "Yesterday was really nice, hot, windy absolutely. Nice and breezy, but no was not expecting this."

In west suburban North Aurora, Matt Hansen recounts the moments a large tree snapped and came crashing down onto his home just before 2 a.m.

Fortunately, he said everyone inside at the time is safe.

"The tree came crashing through my ceiling and I got a mouthful of everything that was on my ceiling," he said.

And in north suburban Elgin two people were sent to the hospital after a tree reportedly fell on them.

Fortunately, the Kane County Sheriff's Office said the victims have non life-threatening injuries.

In Chicago, the Department of Streets and Sanitation's Bureau of Forestry says it's responding to more than 1,000 tree emergency requests after the overnight storms.

Wednesday morning, ComEd is still reporting over 12,000 customers without power.

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