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April showers 2013

They say “April showers bring May flowers.”  Based on the forecasts we’re hearing, we may be in store for many flowers next month because this month it looks like we’ll be getting plenty of showers.

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Governor Pat Quinn discusses weather conditions in Illinois.

Heavy rains have taken over Chicago and Johnny’s listeners are live on the scene. They report on the sinkhole at 96th and Houston, flooding, hail, tornadoes, red worms, nightcrawlers, carp, hot blonde sightings, and more.

RAW: Sinkhole swallows 3 cars on Chicago’s Southeast Side

Weather on the 1s

A sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood on the Southeast Side early Thursday morning.

Flooding spawned by as much as 5 inches of rain closed the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways during the morning rush as waves of thunderstorms raked across the Chicago area.

The storms also forced the cancellation of more than 300 of flights and closed hundreds of schools in the Chicago area. Metra reported stopped trains and delays on nearly every line.

The first expressway closures occurred around 5 a.m. The Edens Expressway was closed between Foster and Touhy avenues and between Winnetka and Willow roads, and the Eisenhower Expressway in both directions between North Avenue and York Road and westbound at Mannheim Road, Illinois State Police said. The southbound Kennedy Expressway was closed at Addison Street, police said.

As of 8 a.m., some of the expressways were opened but there were other closures. The Edens was closed in both directions between Lake Street and Dundee Road; the westbound ramp from Interstate 290 to Interstate 88 was shut down, westbound 290 was closed at St. Charles Road, and eastbound 290 was closed at York Road; two lanes were closed on the Bishop Ford northbound between 130th Street and the Beaubien Woods.

Travel times during the morning rush ran at least two hours or longer in some areas.

Flooding along the Chicago River and across low-lying areas also closed parts of North Side thoroughfares: Foster Avenue between Pulaski and Central Park avenues, Petersen Avenue between Pulaski Road and Kedvale Avenue, and Elston Avenue at Kilpatrick Avenue.

On the South Side, flooding closed the intersection of 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue, with water reaching the roofs of cars. One man drove into the water and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Also closed was 71st Street between Cottage Grove Avenue and St. Lawrence Avenue under the Interstate 90 viaduct, and the intersection of 63rd Street and Dorchester Road. Water could be seen bubbling from manhole covers along Lower Wacker Drive.

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Heavy flooding covers the local lanes of eastbound I-88 at the 290 merge. (Kurt Gessler / Chicago Tribune)

Rain continues: Skilling full forecast

WGN Meteorologist explains this week’s thunderstorms that could produce more rain in a couple days than an entire typical month in spring. (WGN-TV)

Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect throughout the area. Travelers are reminded to use caution as rapidly rising waters can cause dangerous situations.

Tonight’s Cubs game has been postponed due to the weather.  A make-up date has not yet been announced.


Heavy rain on Lake Shore Drive makes the evening commute very slow on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (Bill White / WGN Radio)

Tom Skilling’s weather forecast

Tom Skilling’s Wednesday midday weather report