One death is being blamed on the fierce storms that raced across Illinois yesterday.
A man was killed by a tree toppled by the wind in Knox County in
The West-Central part of the state.
Schools had to close and well over 300,000 people lost power in the Chicago area, after being raked by 70 mph winds; a utility spokesman says it may take several days to restore service to all of them.
The storm also grounded hundreds of flights and created long delays at both Chicago airports. A roof collapsed at an industrial building in the suburb of west Chicago, injuring 40 people, none seriously.
In preparation, more than 10,000 sandbags have been distributed to homeowners along the Fox River in Kane County, west of Chicago, to help brace themselves for some of the worst flooding they've had in years.