Severe weather that battered Iowa early Monday is heading toward the Chicago area, spawning a slew of watches and warnings as dangerous winds and torrential downpours threaten the region.
Here are the latest updates from the NBC 5 Storm Team:
More Than 500,000 ComEd Customers Without Power Monday Night After Storms
More than 500,000 Chicago area customers remain without power hours after a series of powerful thunderstorms roared through the region.
According to ComEd, 502,748 customers in the NBC 5 viewing area are in the dark as of 8:55 p.m., with crews working to restore service after thunderstorms packing wind gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour hammered the city and surrounding suburbs.
Nearly a quarter million of those customers are in Cook County alone.
National Weather Service Investigating Reports of Brief Tornado in Rogers Park
The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a possible tornado in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood on Monday afternoon.
According to the service, video shared via social media showed what may have been a brief tornado in the neighborhood at approximately 4 p.m. Monday.
The report was one of several from around the Chicago area as a series of powerful thunderstorms rumbled through the region. Tornado warnings were issued in numerous counties, including in northeastern DuPage and Cook counties during the outbreak of severe weather.
Metra Trains Experiencing Extensive Delays Due to Severe Weather
Commuters using several Metra lines could experience significant delays or cancellations on Monday, as high winds and severe weather are wreaking havoc on the agency’s schedules.
According to the latest update from the agency, inbound and outbound trains on the Metra Electric Line are only moving intermittently at this time due to high winds and a series of weather warnings that have been issued across the region.