"Slight" Risk for Storms Wednesday Evening

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    The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center kept Chicago in the "slight" risk category for severe weather Wednesday evening.

    Whatever does pop up, however, won't be as bad as the storms that popped up in the overnight hours.

    The next big chance of rain appears to be Friday. Those with an eye to the sky will notice increasing clouds by Thursday evening.

    Tuesday night's round of rain swept through between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. with winds as high as 65 mph, toppling trees in Glenview and Skokie. Wind took down a street light at Potomac and Central on Chicago's West Side, and firefighters were called to the 5400 block of West Windsor for reports of lightning striking an apartment building.

    No injuries were reported, though 8,800 ComEd customers, most of them north of Chicago, were without power.

    Another batch of rain moved east from beyond DeKalb before 8 a.m. in the form of non-severe storms that brought heavy downpours, lightning and some gusty winds.

    The area got a break from storms in the late morning and early afternoon ahead of more rain and temperatures in the mid- to high 80s.