Lightning Strike Sparks House Fire as Storms Roll Over Chicago Area

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2019-04-22 23:40:48

Lightning struck a home Monday in suburban Brookfield causing a house fire as storms popped up around the Chicago area.

The fire started in the 3500 block of South Park Aveunue sometime after 7 p.m., a fire official said. No one was injured.

Elsewhere, hail was falling in northern Illinois near Oswego and Yorkville as a stronger storm system moved through the area. Two swaths of thunderstorms were bombarding the area but severe weather was not expected. Gusty winds and more hail could continue, however, as some of the storms have potential to grow in strength. They could also impact Tuesday morning’s commute.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued just before 4 p.m. for Lee County with quarter-size hail anticipated.

Night-time weather conditions are expected to turn mostly cloudy, windy and cooler with temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s by dawn.

Tuesday morning commuters could see some light drizzle, ending early in the day as clouds break for sunshine in the afternoon. The day likely will be windy and much cooler with highs in the low 60s inland and low 50s along the lakefront. 

Wednesday looks mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid to upper 60s and cooler along the lakefront.

The next chance for rain comes Thursday, which starts out partly sunny and mild then turns potentially stormy with a few isolated showers or thunderstorms possible in the late afternoon or evening. 

Friday returns to mostly sunny and pleasant conditions with highs in the mid 60s inland and cooler along the lake.

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