At least 87,000 customers lost power in Chicago on Monday as severe thunderstorms moved toward the city, according to power company ComEd. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect a number of counties in Illinois.
NBC News tweeted on Monday evening that “87k customers” after a “strong line of storms passe[d] through” the area. ABC-7 television and the Chicago Sun-Times also confirmed that the same number of customers lost power.
Riders were stranded on three North Side CTA lines after debris was blown onto the tracks, according to the Sun-Times.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Illinois counties Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago, according to NBC.
There is a possibility of hail, heavy winds, downpours, and lots of lightning. The Chicago Tribune reported that wind gusts could exceed 80 miles per hour.
A flash flood watch was issued in DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, and Ogle counties, which already have seen three inches of rain.
ABC reported that the severe thunderstorm watch was issued until 10 p.m.