So Long Storms. Hello Sunshine.

Cleanup crews out after storms blow through on Friday

Saturday's sunshine was a welcome sight after a barrage of storms throughout the day Friday that caused flooding, power outages and a lot of downed trees. 

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Crews with the City of Chicago were on the streets responding to the tree emergencies, traffic sign outages, downed wires and damaged light poles.

The Department of Water Management received hundreds of calls for water in basements and in the streets and also heard reports of as many as 17 flooded viaducts.

The National Weather Service spotted a tornado on radar early Friday that sparked a short-lived tornado warning in Kane and McHenry Counties.

Illinois State Police reportedly shut down a section of the Veterans Memorial Tollway near Downers Grove for about 2 hours Friday night after a light pole hit some power lines during the storms.

Several viaducts in the area were closed due to flooding, including Irving Park Road and Ravenswood, and Wilson Avenue where it meets the Edens Expressway. Commuters also saw flood-related delays on the  Kennedy, Lake Shore Drive, the Tri-State Tollway and Bishop Ford Expressway.

A possible microburst in Andersonville neighborhood took out trees and power lines, damaging several cars.  City crews had to deal with several cars hit by downed trees across the area.

"All of a sudden it went black, and it was as though something came down like a pancake.  It absolutely compressed everything," one resident said.

As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, more than 200 flights had been canceled at O'Hare because of the weather, and delays were averaging more than two hours for all flights in and out of the airport.  At Midway Airport, delays averaged 90 minutes or more, with a few cancellations. 

If you plan to travel, be sure to check with your airline for flight status.

About 67,000 Commonwealth Edison customers remained without power Saturday. 

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