Chicago and much of northern Illinois are under a flash flood watch through Thursday morning as storms moved through the area Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning.

Thunderstorms are likely to continue this afternoon and evening.

The weather service reported several barely passable roads following heavy rainfall, including a flooded underpass in downtown Elmhurst and a flooded viaduct at Irving Park Road and Ravenswood Avenue.

At least one Metra train was delayed Thursday morning due to weather-related problems. The Milwaukee District North train scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 6:19 a.m. is expected to be 15 to 18 minutes late.

Over an inch of rain is expected during the day and evening on Thursday, with up to two to three inches possible in some areas, according to the weather service.

Comed is reporting that 5,200 customers are impacted by outages, mostly in Chicago and the north region, according to WGN. Power is expected to be restored this morning.

The severe weather follows storms that blew through parts of Cook, DuPage and Will counties Wednesday afternoon, with 1-inch hail falling at Midway Airport, in Summit and in Bourbonnais, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of 67 mph hit Midway as the thunderstorm rolled through.

In the Bronzeville neighborhood, a four-story apartment building just north of Washington Park, at 51st Street and King Drive, was damaged by high winds on Wednesday, according to a Chicago Fire Department tweet. No one was injured in the incident, but authorities were in the process of evacuating the 90-unit building after it sustained significant damage to its roof, according to Chicago fire and police officials.

About 200 people were displaced, police said.

Chicago Fire Department and Street and Sanitation crews dealt with a number of weather-related emergencies, including trees that fell on buildings including at a home in near 49th Street and Indiana Avenue, said Marjani Williams, a spokeswoman for Streets and San. Anyone who sees a downed tree or has one fall on their home or business should call 311 for help, she said.

Trees were downed throughout the area, as were some power lines. As of about 9:30 p.m., about 7,000 ComEd Customers in Cook County were without power, according to the agency’s power outage map.

Check the Tribune’s weather page for updated forecast information.

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