Forecasters said damage reports were being calculated after heavy rain and strong winds hit the Chicago area Monday evening.
“A lot of the damage has been done to the trees, but of course the trees could have fallen on houses and cars in the city and suburbs whenever the big trees fell,” said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. .
Castro said winds were blowing at 84 mph at O’Hare International Airport and a structural collapse at Belwood.
As the severe weather recedes, intense heat will continue. Chicago will experience higher temperatures in the 90s on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Hot weather can set local records. The maximum of 98 degrees forecast for Tuesday was more than the 99 degree record of June 14, with Wednesday’s high of 97 degrees marking the June 15 historic mark of 95 degrees.
But it will still be hot. High humidity raises the temperature index – how body temperature is perceived – to 105 degrees, raising the index to 105 degrees, said National Meteorological Service hydrologist Scott Lincoln.
“Ninety degrees, even if it’s hot, definitely feels really bad,” he said.
The National Weather Service advises Chicagoans to restrict outdoor activities, visit neighbors and family, and do not leave children or pets in cars.
“It’s dangerous if people do not use caution,” Lincoln said.
Three Chicago women died at a Rogers Park senior residential facility during a heat wave last month. Residents and family members said residents had been begging property managers for days to turn off the heat and turn on air conditioning amid unprecedented temperatures.
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