Thursday’s series of storms generated widespread wind damage with 329 wind reports, the MOST this yr. 169 wind reports, recorded back on 05/24/10, comes in as the 2nd most for the yr. Over 250,000 people are left without power in Chicago. The 3rd largest tornado outbreak of the year with over 60 reports killed 3 and injured dozens yesterday in MN. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has rattled northern Japan. The globe recorded its warmest May since record keeping. It’s 3rd consecutive warmest month on record. The death toll in France flooding grows to 22. Microburst with winds up to 100mph and 4+” hail destroys 5000+ acres of corn 95 miles southeast of Chicago in Oxford, IN Monday. State officials declared a state of emergency on Monday for 59 counties in Oklahoma from the flooding and severe storms. The death toll in Arkansas flooding has risen to 20, according to emergency officials. Severe Weather Reports: Fire Dept. and law enforcement in Bellevue, IA have reported rotation crossing the Miss. River and wind gust around 70 mph. Galena, IL: Reports of a tree crashing onto a house. Lightning causes house fire in Wisconsin on Thursday. Possible tornado reportedly downed powerlines and damaged a home near Grantsburg, WI yesterday. Grapefruit size hail caused major damage to a 2 to 3 mile area between Boswell and Oxford, In on Monday. The hail damaged approximately 500 acres of corn. 100 mph winds snapped healthy harwood trees in Benton, County, IN. 1.40″ of rain fell in 30 minutes in Benton County, IN.
Intense, fast-moving thunderstorms with winds greater than 70 mph swept through the Midwest and the Chicago area yesterday.
This was the biggest severe weather outbreak of the year for the city with widespread wind damage.
70+ mph winds toppled over 1,000 tress, several power lines, knocked out power to 280,000, and even blew windows out of buildings downtown. 4 windows were blown out of the 110-story Willis tower. Witnesses say the debris looked like icicles falling from the skyscraper. Chicago Battalion Chief Michael Gubricky says windows were blown out in a 29th-floor air conditioning mechanical room and a 25th-floor unoccupied office. Glass was on the sidewalk, but no injuries were immediately reported near the tower. Authorities say a woman did receive minor injuries from flying glass at the downtown Daley Center blocks away.
There were a total of 329 wind reports, the most this year. This came the day after 60+ tornadoes ripped through North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. The area was put under a moderate risk for severe weather. Two significant waves hit the area. The first coming in between 2pm and 5pm. The second made its way between 8pm and 10 pm. A total of six Midwest states (IA, IL, WI, IN, MI, and OH) were affected by the high winds. Unfortunately, two people died from the storms.
Officials say a driver was killed near Dexter, Michigan about 40 miles west of Detroit, when winds toppled a tree onto a vehicle. Another man died after a tree fell onto his car in Huntington Co. in northern Indiana.
Peak wind gust topped out at 90 mph in La Porte County, IN. Generally, max wind gust were between 60 and 75 mph. In addition to the powerful winds were several thousand cloud to ground lightning strikes, and heavy rain. In Rockford, there were reports of up to a foot of standing water.
June 18, 2010 storm reports across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana
- Dixon, IL – 4 TO 8 INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCHES DOWN. MULTIPLE POWER OUTAGES 3/4 INCH RAINFALL HAS FALLEN. RAIN RATE ESTIMATED TO BE 5.75 INCHES PER HOUR. FREQUENT LIGHTNING. NORTH SIDE OF DIXON.
- Rochelle, IL – ROOF DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AT FORD DEALERSHIP AND COUNTRY CLUB
- Rockford, IL – ROOF OFF HOUSE, 2 LARGE TREES DOWN. 72 mph winds. WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE WITH 6 TO 12 INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCHES DOWN OVER A 1 MILE RADIUS – SPRINGBROOK AND HICKORY.
- Harvard, IL – TREES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN IN ALDEN. TREES BLOCKING SOME ROADS.
- DeKalb, IL – 70 mph winds. NUMEROUS TREES AND WIRES DOWN ACROSS DE KALB COUNTY
- Downers Grove, IL – 70 mph winds. 18 INCH TREE LIMB DOWN NEAR LINCOLN AND FAIRVIEW
- Addison, IL – LARGE TREES DOWN ON HOME – LOMBARD RD AND ARMY TRAIL
- Wauconda, IL – ONE FOOT DIAMETER TREE SNAPPED OFF AT ITS BASE NEAR MAIN STREET AND ROUTE 176.
- Gardner, IL – SEMI BLOWN OVER NEAR MILE MARKER 227 ON INTERSTATE 55.
- Antioch, IL – BOWLING ALLEY AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WITH EXTENSIVE ROOF DAMAGE. SEVERAL TREES AND UTILITY POLES DOWN – SOME TREES ON HOUSES AND BLOCKING ROADS. POWER OUT.
- Elgin, IL – 12 INCH DIAMETER TREE SNAPPED OFF 10 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND – S. ALFRED AND VAN STREET
- Oak Lawn, IL – 75 mph winds. WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE, FLAG POLE SNAPPED OFF – 90TH AND RIDGLAND. TREE BRANCHES DOWN AT SOUTHWEST HIGHWAY AND 53RD CT.
- Mundelein, IL – MANY 3-4 INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCHES DOWN, TREE UPROOTED
- Chicago, IL – WINDOWS BLOWN OUT OF HIGHRISE AT WASHINGTON AND DEARBORN
- Homewood, IL – ESTIMATED GUST 60 TO 70 MPH WITH LARGE TREE LIMBS BLOWN DOWN.
- Tinley Park, IL – TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN
- St. Charles, IL – LARGE TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN AT RIVERSIDE AND 3RD AVE.
- Chicago, IL – 4 WINDOWS BLOWN OUT OF THE WILLIS TOWER
- Chicago, IL – MEASURED GUST TO 77 MPH AT THE HARRISON DEVER CRIB.
- Hampshire, IL – SEMI BLOWN OVER ON I-90 NEAR HAMPSHIRE
- Beecher, IL – 1 FOOT DIAMETER TREES DOWN. 1 inch diameter hail.
- Merrillville, IN – NUMEROUS LARGE TREES BLOWN DOWN. ONE TREE DOWN ON A HOUSE.
- Batavia, IL- LARGE TREES UPROOTED, ONE ON HOME – CLEVELAND STREET
- Lake Station, IN – WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE.
- Willowbrook, IL – 75 mph winds. MANY FULL SIZED TREES DOWN ACROSS ROADS AND ON TOP OF HOUSES
- Kankakee, IL – TREE BLOWN DOWN ON A CAR NEAR ROUTE 17 AND HOBBIE.
- Amboy, IL – TREE DOWN DOWNTOWN, NO POWER
- Rockford, IL – 1.25 INCHES OF WATER IN 30 MINUTES – UP TO A FOOT OF STANDING WATER IN SOME STREETS
- Belvidere, IL – ALUMINUM FLAG POLE BLOWN DOWN, 6 INCH DIAMETER TREE PARTIALLY DOWN. 1.50 INCHES OF RAIN IN 42 MINUTES
(Skycam look at Downtown Chicago as storms came in)
Radar image of the first round of storms
Radar image showing the second wave of storms