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Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal Leave Damage, Power Outages in Their Wake

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal swept their way through the Chicago area, knocking out power for thousands and spawning several sightings of funnel clouds throughout the region.

As the system moved its way through, numerous tornado warnings were issued, with several funnel clouds spotted by National Weather Service spotters.

It is unclear whether any of those funnel clouds touched down, but wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour roared through the region, causing snapped tree branches, uprooted trees and power line damage.

Thousands of ComEd customers lost power during the storm, including nearly 30,000 in Cook County alone.

Though the day started out partly sunny, warm and humid, with temperature highs in the 80s, conditions turned extremely windy as the afternoon began.

Heavy rain showers quickly followed, but lightning strikes were rare as the tropical bands of moisture coalesced into powerful rain showers instead. There was plenty of rotation in the skies above the area, leading to warnings in Cook, Will and Kankakee counties in Illinois, as well as Lake County in Indiana.

More rain is possible in the overnight hours, with southern parts of the NBC 5 viewing area in Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties potentially seeing more storms developing. Some of those isolated storms could be strong, according to the National Weather Service.

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