Severe Weather Slams Upper Midwest

A fast-moving storm system struck parts of the Upper Midwest hard on Wednesday evening, delivering blows to Chicago and many other communities before moving quickly to inflict damage farther east.

Cities and towns near Chicago were affected as well.

About 50 miles southwest, in Kendall County, residents were urged to hunker down after storm spotters “reported wall clouds” that suggest a possible tornado, according to weather service.

In DeKalb County, some 60 miles west of Chicago, straight-line winds downed power lines, and some large trees appeared to be damaged, Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie of the country sheriff’s department said.

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