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Thunderstorms, high winds sweep northwest Illinois


CHICAGO (AP) -- A line a thunderstorms swept across northern Illinois, bringing with it high winds and early reports of uprooted trees and downed power lines.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said Monday the storm produced gusts of between 60 and 70 miles per hour. He said the weather service received reports of trees down and grain bins being pushed over.

Power outages were reported in Chicago's western suburbs. However Commonwealth Edison, which supplies electricity to northeastern Illinois, didn't immediately have a figure for the number customers who've lost power.

Wind gusts of 67 miles per hour were reported at Chicago's Midway International Airport, causing flight delays.

The storm, which moved quickly across the region, caused the Metra commuter rail line to halt service on its Union Pacific north and northwest lines.

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