Thousands of Chicago area residents were left without power Friday morning following a night of heavy showers and flooding.
As of 7 a.m., 8,000 customers were without power in the city of Chicago and south and western suburbs. A ComEd spokesperson told NBC Chicago they hope to start working on getting the power restored at 8 a.m.
Steady, widespread rain blanketed the Chicago area overnight, with lightning seen in some areas.
A Flash Flood Watch was issued Thursday at 7 p.m. for Cook, DuPage, Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Kendall, Winnebago, Lake, Grundy, McHenry and Will Counties that will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday.
Luckily, drier conditions are on the way – for a little while at least. Friday will see a mild, muggy, mostly-cloudy morning area-wide.
Scattered sunshine will warm and dry up the area by noon, bringing temperatures to the mid-70s, before another round of showers are expected to hit Friday evening.