The rainstorm stretching from Texas to Illinois has ripped open a sinkhole in Chicago large enough to swallow three cars, sending one driver to the hospital.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Mike Sullivan says the gaping hole opened up in a street on the city’s South Side, near Lake Michigan.
He says the injured man was driving when the road buckled and caved in. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The
other two cars were parked.
Flooding has also forced authorities to close sections of several major expressways around Chicago. Schools have been canceled, and several hundred flights were scrapped at O’Hare International Airport, where Thursday’s storm has dumped more than 5 inches of rain.
In east central Illinois, high winds reportedly caused several semi trucks to tip over near Rantoul. Eyewitnesses north of Champaign-Urbana also report power lines down over U.S. Route 136, with 15 poles broken.
National Weather Service watches and warnings are in place across the region.
Up to a foot of snow is forecast for parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Downpours are causing rivers to bust their banks in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.
Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Frost warnings are in effect as a
cold front pushes out warmer air.
Winds, possibly from a tornado, damaged dozens of homes in Spavinaw, Okla., and
caused minor damage near Paris, Mo. (AP)