Severe Weather

Severe Thunderstorms Hammer Chicago Area

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana until 4:45 p.m. 

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible with the storm, which is moving southeast at 35 mph. 

Elsewhere, severe weather caused the Chicago Pride Parade to be canceled, brought sporting events to a halt, and sent residents and tourists scurrying for cover on Sunday afternoon. 

Early Sunday afternoon, a line of thunderstorms crossed over the Wisconsin-Illinois border and slammed into the Chicago area, bringing with it intense wind gusts, heavy rains, and some small hail.

The weather ultimately led to the cancellation of the Chicago Pride Parade, which rolled through the city's North Side Sunday. Some parade floats didn't even get to start the event before torrential rains and intense lightning caused city officials to evacuate the parade route in the afternoon hours. 

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race in Joliet was delayed because of the rain after just 11 laps, and Sunday's Chicago White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field was halted in the sixth inning due to the severe weather. 

NBC 5’s Pete Sack has the latest weather weekend forecast.

Tens of thousands of area residents lost power, with nearly 80,000 customers losing electricity in the early afternoon hours. Crews are working to get customers back online after the storms rolled through. 

Finally, hundreds of flights were canceled at O'Hare Airport, with over 230 flights getting the axe as a result of the weather, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. 

Damage reports are still coming in from all over the area, including in LaSalle County, where tree limbs and awnings were damaged by the storm. In Will County, some trees were knocked down by 75 mph wind gusts, and in Kankakee County, a semi-trailer was blown over on Interstate 57, causing extensive traffic delays. 

At the Kankakee Sportsman's Club, several large trees were uprooted by the ferocious winds. 

In western Will County, Route 102 was blocked after several large trees were uprooted in Wilmington, according to law enforcement officials.

Weather reports out of Joliet indicated substantial rainfall in the area, with 2.8 inches of rain reported just north of the city. 

DuPage County officials reported several power lines were down, and thousands were left without power in the county. 

For now, the weather is mostly moving out of the area, but some counties remain under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 6 p.m. Kankakee County in Illinois will remain under the watch, as will Lake, Porter, Jasper, Newton, and Benton counties in Indiana. 

For all the latest updates on the storm, be sure to download the NBC Chicago app, where you can find storm alerts, interactive radar, and all the information you’ll need to stay safe during inclement weather.

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