(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Severe storms with 70 mph wind gusts pushed through the Chicago area Monday afternoon, leaving widespread damage and hundreds of thousands without power across northern Illinois.
The storm pushed through quickly about 4 p.m., but residual high winds over 60 mph were possible, according to the National Weather Service.
A gust of 72 mph was recorded at Midway International Airport shortly before 4 p.m., the weather service said. O’Hare recorded a gust of 62 mph.
Reports of damage were most heavily reported on the Northwest Side, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Blue Line trains were halted near O’Hare about 5 p.m. while crews worked to clear debris from the tracks.
The storm approached Chicago at 50 to 60 mph from Nebraska and Iowa, where at least 350,000 people lost power.
Tuesday and Wednesday call for a slight chance of storms in southern Cook County.
Earlier Monday in western Iowa, storm ripped down trees caused damage, the weather service said. At least 350,000 people lost power in Iowa and Nebraska.