Chicago: Threat of Thunderstorms Lingers After Heavy Rains Flood Wrigley Field, Cause Travel Delays

By Katy Galimberti, Staff Writer
August 23, 2014; 2:58 AM ET
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While there may be a mix of sunshine and clouds over the area, Chicago is facing more rounds of thunderstorms over the next several days after downpours caused area flooding Friday.

Temperatures will hover in the low 80s while sunshine could be interrupted by rounds of thunderstorms. Storms could continue into the weekend.

Heavy rains on Thursday night left several Chicago areas flooded, including many residential areas.

Intense rains flooded Chicago area neighborhoods like this one in Bellwood. (Photo/Jerome Sutter)

Midway Airport recorded 4.45 inches of rain in less than three hours.

Some commuters faced travel delays Friday morning as the intense rain flooded some roadways and caused CTA lines to shut down according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rain and threatening thunderstorms can also halt outdoor plans. Fans hoping to catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday saw the interruptions first hand as field crews struggled to cover the field with tarps before an intense storm dumped heavy rains on the grass.

The game against the San Francisco Giants had to be called after four innings and an initial four-hour delay. Even after the tarp was removed, the field was inundated with rain and conditions were not conducive to continuing play.

The game was completed on Thursday before the regularly scheduled evening game.

The Cubs will face the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend and thunderstorms could pose a threat to those games as well.

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Games could face additional delays as thunderstorms push into the area. At the first sign of lightning, seek indoor shelter.

The weekend will not be a complete washout, however, as Sunday should bring relieving sunny skies. Temperatures could rise slightly as well.

Overnight temperatures will stay consistent into the weekend resting in the low 70s. Stay alert to rapidly changing conditions by using MinuteCast™ if you are headed out for outdoor events or baseball games.


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