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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch and High Wind Warning were issued by the National Weather Service Monday until 7 p.m., covering the entirety of northeast Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power throughout Illinois due to the storms. ComEd said more than 117,000 customers are without power in their service area as of 5 p.m.
In Plainfield and Joliet, police said they have received multiple calls about power lines and trees down, as well as flooding, car crashes and road blockages.
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Winds over 80 miles per hour have been recorded, and there are widespread reports of storm damage, downed trees and power outages.
Called a derecho, the rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.
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The winds will continue even after the strongest storms move out of the area, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour expected to continue through the night.
The derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. A scientist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says the storm had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado. Officials in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown say the damage is extensive.
The heat index will reach between 95-100 degrees, making for a hot and humid day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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