Chicago area sees flooding overnight

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Mother nature gave Chicago a bit of a beating late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, with heavy rain and a bit of hail.

Parts of Cook and DuPage counties, including Chicago, were under a flash flood warning until early Tuesday because of heavy rainfall Monday night. Between 3 and 4 inches of rain fell overnight before 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

In some areas, streets were flooded, drains were backed up, and power lines and trees were downed. Flash flooding was still causing issues during the Tuesday morning commute. 

TRAFFIC | Chicago area traffic statuses 

In northwest suburban Arlington Heights, the storm caused several large trees to fall on power lines along Euclid Avenue near the eastern edge of the village. Drivers were urged to avoid Euclid from Waterman to Rand as ComEd crews worked with a tree removal company to clear the roadway and replace damaged utility poles.

ComEd reported only a few scattered outages across the Chicago area as of 6 a.m., a spokesman said.

In the city, service on the CTA Pink Line was suspended on the Southwest Side early Tuesday due to flooding. Service was temporarily suspended between the 54th/Cermak and Pulaski stations. Trains were operating normally between Pulaski and the Loop.

The CTA was providing shuttle buses for customers connecting service through the affected area.

Drivers were being warned to be especially careful while driving into work Tuesday. 

More thunderstorms are expected throughout the day Tuesday and into Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana. The strongest thunderstorms could produce wind gusts of up to 60 mph, small hail, frequent lightning and heavy downpours.
The thunderstorms were forecast to arrive late Tuesday afternoon or early evening and spread east overnight.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story. 


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