Monday, March 12, 2012

Storms batter Chicago trees

Wednesday night's thunderstorms may have brought some relief fromthis week's heat and humidity, but they also did damage throughoutthe Chicago area in downed trees and power lines.

Crews from the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation had, asof 9 p.m., responded to 108 calls of tree emergencies, which includedamage to trees in the public way and downed limbs and branches.There were also 44 reports of traffic lights out throughout the city,16 reports of street lights damaged due to the storm and nine reportsof downed wires.

The National Weather Service warned that it was a dangerous stormwith damaging winds and "deadly cloud to ground lightning."

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