Chicago region hit with heavy rainfall, quarter-sized hail - Fox 2 News Headlines

More storms on the way, flights cancelled, power still out

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Storms Thursday morning resulted in more cancelled flights as power outages linger after flooding ravaged the area — and even more thunderstorms are expected later in the day.

About 3,000 ComEd customers in Chicago were still without power Thursday morning and a few scattered outages remain in the suburbs, utility spokesman John Schoen said.

At the height of the storm Wednesday night, 15,000 people in northeastern Illinois lost power, most in Chicago.

"We are bringing in crews from outside the Chicago region to help with restoration," Schoen said, adding that ComEd expects most customers' power to be restored today.

Although only one lane of traffic was passable on parts of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways Wednesday night, the roads were clear following the storms Thursday morning, according to Illinois State Police.

But at O'Hare International Airport, more than 140 flights have been cancelled Thursday morning and delays on both inbound and outbound flights are averaging 90 minutes, according to the city Department of Aviation and O'Hare's twitter feed.

At Midway Airport, rain was causing delays of at least 30 minutes, according to Midway's twitter feed.

Those numbers could rise as more thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

No severe thunderstorm watches have been issued as of 9 a.m., though that could change, according to the weather service.

Heavy rainfall and large hail are possible as storms are expected to return around 2 p.m., but damaging winds are the greatest concern, according to the weather service. Wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible.

Chicago is experiencing a very warm, tropical-like environment, according to the weather service, which could result in heavy downpours and localized flooding.

The storms are expected to hit just a day after a man was killed as thunderstorms dropped 1 1/2 to three inches of rain across the area, according to the weather service.

The man killed, a subcontractor for a construction firm, was working in a sewer near Elston and Rockwell when he was trapped by rising waters. Another worker with him was able to escape.

Fire personnel using a remote-control camera later found 25-year-old Gustavo Bricino's trapped body in the sewer near Barry and Rockwell, authorities said.

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