ComEd is working to restore over 100 power outages following a Tuesday afternoon thunderstorm that brought trees and power lines down in Lake and McHenry counties.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said a broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms developed Tuesday and moved into northern Illinois.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for Lake and McHenry counties and expired at 2:15 p.m.
The NWS said severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Antioch to McHenry to near Marengo moving east at 60 mph.
NWS Chicago said on Twitter that they received multiple reports of quarter to golf-ball-size hail in McHenry County. 60 mph winds were also reported.
“People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” the NWS said in the warning to residents.
The storm moved from southeastern McHenry County to northeastern McHenry County and then moved into Lake County.
A special marine warning was also issued for Lake Michigan near Lake County and northern Cook County informing those on the water to seek safe harbor from the storm.
Area fire departments responded to calls of wires down, trees down and other storm-related emergency calls.
Public works crews were out removing debris and downed branches and trees from roadways, several villages reported on social media.
The Highland Park Fire Department responded to the 1700 block of Elmwood Drive in Highland Park after a large tree was uprooted and fell onto an unoccupied car, blocking the roadway.
ComEd reported Tuesday evening that 3,217 customers in Lake County and 893 customers in McHenry County were affected by approximately 130 power outages.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the Deerfield area received approximately 1.5 inches of rain and the Gurnee area received over one inch of rain.