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Storms Bring Trio Of Twisters

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 6, 2008 2:23PM

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Chicago Weather Godfather Tom Skilling confirmed that Monday evening's intense storms spawned three tornadoes that produced damage across the Chicago metro area. According to Skilling, Griffith, Indiana was hit by an Enhanced Fujita scale-2 tornado (winds 111-135 m.p.h.) while both Bloomingdale and Bolingbrook were hit by EF1 tornadoes. In addition to the twisters, nearly 2.5 inches of rain fell at O'Hare, already making this the wettest meteorological summer in fifteen years.

As for the widespread power outages, according to officials, approximately 56,000 ComEd customers remained without power early Wednesday morning, 35,000 of those within Chicago. Over 750 crews from Chicago, Kansas, Southern Illinois, Philadelphia and Michigan will be working in 16-hour shifts Wednesday to help bring power back to those residents still in the dark.