Striking Photos Show Lightning, Flooding in July 12 Storms

A round of powerful storms hit the Chicago area late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, bringing lightning and ultimately intense flooding to some suburbs. These stunning viewer photos capture the storm and the aftermath.

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Gordon Garcia
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Dans Seely
Severe electrical storm cloud Woodstock storm cloud
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Laura Richmeier
Woodstock weather watch White cloud with lighting only one in the sky
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Heather Foy
Lightning Picture Taken tonight (7/11/17) in Batavia, IL
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Tom Muntzenberger
Flooding and lightning Elgin Local flooding in Elgin
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Josh L
Storm
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Rebecca Fitzpatrick
River North Lightning Bolt A lighting bolt north of Chicago, taken just after midnight on Wednesday, 7/12, from River North.
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Jordan Cirone
Chicago Summer Storm Night of July 11th 2017 I caught this shot outside my 3rd floor apartment in Wicker Park at 12:15am the evening of July 11th. Lighting sprays through the sky, striking the Willis Tower in the distance.
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Gordon Garcia
Attached is a single photo I took last night looking out my back door of the lightning. Had a lot of cloud to ground lightning, high winds and torrential rain, but no hail. Gordon Garcia Bartlett, IL
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Robert Cairns
Thunder Cloud Chicago storms over the lake
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Bianca Oviedo
Bianca Oviedo stands in the flooded streets of Highland Park off of Half Day Road.
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Bianca Oviedo
Bianca Oviedo stands in the flooded streets of Highland Park.
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Bianca Oviedo
Sleepy Hollow Park in Highland Park is now "Sleepy Hollow Lake!"
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robert Cairns
Chiago Single Bolt
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Robert Cairns
Chicago Storms the lake Storms over Chicago 7/11/17
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Laura Fisher
Flooding in Hampshire, IL.
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Laura Fisher
Flooding in Hampshire, IL.
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Bob Williams
storms rolling into Huntley
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Nicholas A
Power Line Road Closure More than 20 power lines down on Plato Rd. in the far northwest suburbs near Burlington Illinois
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Katherine
Geneva Geneva
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Vanessa Mozdyniewicz
Storm rolling in I was at the Roselle Metra Station this morning and the sky looked amazing.
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Michelle B
8:54 AM, River North (The Montgomery) A storm is coming! - Michelle B
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Sharon Maloney
July 12, 2017 storm Portillo's Corporate Office The difference between wet and dry this morning
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Silvia Ortiz
Silvia Ortiz's view of the storm over the lake.
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Mary McKay
Photo of the storm taken from the 35th Floor of the Willis Tower.
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Katie Friedmann
Stormy Skyline view from Rush University Medical Center.
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Cora D . Mitchell
Storm photo from Lawndale.
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Jake Bronswick
Flooding in Grayslake This is a picture taken of the flooding in Grayslake.
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Therese
Clouds over Schaumburg.
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Greg Kennicott
Hail in Mundelein
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Greg Kennicott
Hail in Mundelein
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Zach Szofer
Before the Storm Zach Szofer took this picture on the South-bound Kennedy.
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gabby johnson
Gabby Johnson's dog swimming in the flood water in the front yard.
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Linda
Ducks and Geese in the Amberfield Lakes Subdivision swimming in the flood water.
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Stephen Yursik
Lightening strikes above the South Loop area.
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Traci Ference
Storm clouds in Westchester.
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Storm clouds above Greenbrook Elementary school in Hanover Park.
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Clouds above Waterbury Elementary School in Roselle.
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Angelica Jackson
Dark clouds over Valparaiso University.
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Regina Waldroup
The flooded parking lot of a Starbucks in suburban Round Lake Beach
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Regina Waldroup
The flooded parking lot of a Starbucks in suburban Round Lake Beach
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Regina Waldroup
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Regina Waldroup
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Regina Waldroup
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Regina Waldroup
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Jorge DeSantiago
Cars submerged in Mundelein
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Jorge DeSantiago
Cars submerged in Mundelein
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Jorge DeSantiago
Flooding in Mundelein
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Stacey
Here's a pic from this afternoon in Highland Park. It's our camp alternative for the day. No one can get in/out of our neighborhood!
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Ashley Smith
Flooding in Mundelein
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Danny Brodson
These pictures are from today in Northbrook.
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Danny Brodson
Flood pictures from Northbrook
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Sara Tumpane
This is our backyard in Grayslake. Behind the fence is completely flooded up to my knees. Half our subdivision (Oakwood) is flooded & impassable. We sandbagged our window well to hopefully keep it out of the finished basement. Many neighbors pumping water out as their sump pumps couldn't keep up. Could you PLEASE turn off the sky so we can dry out?
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Nancy Reed
Evacuation in Grayslake Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Nancy Reed
Evacuation in Grayslake Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Craig Campeglia
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Suzanne Engelmann
Flooding in Mundelein
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Kim Byrd
Here are a few pictures of the flooding at my house in Gurnee.
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Theresa Good
Crazy lightning bolt seen from Naperville
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Corina Smith
Flooding on McKinley Ave in Libertyville
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Corina Smith
Flooding on McKinley Ave in Libertyville
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Corina Smith
Flooding on McKinley Ave in Libertyville
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Larry Bryd
One of the theaters flooded at the College of Lake County.
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Tim DeCandia
Lightning strike in Burbank
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Tiffany
Round Lake
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Nancy Reed
Hunters Cove Park in Grayslake is now a waterpark
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Pekara Subdivision in Deerfield
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Pekara Subdivision in Deerfield
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Pekara Subdivision in Deerfield
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Pekara Subdivision in Deerfield
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