Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain were forecast Thursday for the Midwest through the Northeast. The unsettled weather was already causing airport delays along the East Coast.
“Isolated tornados can’t be ruled out for today,” Meteorologist Joanne LaBounty said. “The main threat is the usual sort of damaging winds and large hail.”
Cities that could be impacted, the National Weather Service warned, include Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and New York City.
A wall of a hangar collapsed early Thursday at O’Hare International Airport. Storms rolled through the area overnight, causing some heavy rain and wind, but it’s not known if weather played a role.
According to ABC7 meteorologist Tracy Butler, 70 mph winds were reported at O’Hare at around 1:30 a.m.
The storm also knocked out power in the Des Plaines, Park Ridge and Rosemont areas, where you could see darkened traffic and railroad crossing signs.
“The storm, I mean the wind was just whipping everywhere,” said Des Plaines resident Joe Catalano. “It sounded like hail, but I didn’t see any hail.”