A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for northern Illinois after a night of violent weather left close to 10,000 people across the state without power, according to the National Weather Service.
Hail, lightning and high winds ripped through the northern and western suburbs overnight, downing power lines and causing a ruckus for residents of Rockford and Dixon who were hardest hit.
Reports of 2 ½ inch ice balls and wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour poured in from across the region.
This morning about 1700 residents of Rockford and Dixon are still without power and about 300 Chicagoans are sans electricity too.
The storms will continue to move through northern Illinois, including Chicago until about 9 a.m.
After that the day should look relatively nice with highs in the 70s.
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