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Lightning hits house, hailstones fall on Naperville

The city of Naperville has activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to flooding concerns due to the storm moving through the area Tuesday evening.

Streets that are affected by flooding issues include Naper Boulevard and 75th Street, Naper Boulevard and Dunrobin, River Roa between Rickert and Oswego, Main Street and Sixth Avenue, North Avenue between Huffman and Charles, North Aurora and Frontenac, Columbia Street at Porter and West Street and Emerald. Naperville officials said drivers should avoid these areas Tuesday night.

Residents are warned not to remove manhole covers as this has the potential to flood basements immediately, city officials said.

Also during the storm, a bolt of lightning struck and damaged the peak of a two-story house in central Naperville.

A Naperville Fire Department fire truck was still on the scene at 10 p.m. Tuesday outside the house at 972 Oak Court.

Naperville Fire Department firefighters were also sent about 7:15 p.m. to investigate a report of a fire at a house on the 700 block of Willow Road, in the East Highlands neighborhood. There was no serious damage seen at that house.

Gravel-sized hailstones and sometimes blinding sheets of rain fell Tuesday night during the severe storm that hit much of Naperville and nearby areas.

Hail fell for several minutes beginning around 8:45 p.m. onto vehicles traveling stretches of West Street, Rickert Drive and Plainfield-Naperville Road, in areas between Aurora Avenue and 75th Street. Rainwater pooled at several intersections, making streets barely passable at times.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning that was to last through11p.m. Tuesday.

All other parts of the metro area remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m., the weather service said.

The storms walloped the western suburbs Tuesday night as they moved across northeastern Illinois.

In North Aurora and Naperville, residents reported 1-inch hailstones and as much as 6 inches of standing water on some streets and viaducts, the weather service said.

A flash flood warning flood is in effect until 11:30 p.m. in central Cook County and DuPage County.

Small streams, viaducts, highways and other low-lying spots could flood, the weather service said. Flooding is harder to recognize at night,  and the weather service is warning motorists to turn around at the first signs of rising water.

Airlines have halted all flights in and out of Midway Airport because of the weather, and more than 115 flights at O’Hare Airport have been canceled, the city’s Department of Aviation said.

Delays at O’Hare are between an hour and an hour and 15 minutes, and are getting longer, the Federal Aviation Administration’s website said just before 9 p.m.

The rest of Tuesday will see a chance of showers again after midnight, along with patchy fog, forecasters said. Lows will fall into the lower 60s before a high in the lower 80s on Wednesday.

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