Tornado Warning, Lightning, High Winds Bring Down Trees

Arlington Heights Public Works crews clear a tree from Beverly Avenue at Fairview in Scarsdale in Arlington Heights.

Tree branches brought down electric, cable and telephone lines at Hawthorne and Pine Avenue.

A thunderstorm suddenly ripped through Arlington Heights, the west suburbs, the northwest suburbs and the City of Chicago Thursday afternoon. Tornado warning sirens were activated at about 3:20 p.m. with little warning as the storm cell hit Arlington Heights at about 3:24 p.m., snapping trees at the trunks and uprooting others.  Power outages occurred all along Arlington Heights Road, in the eastern part of downtown Arlington Heights and in the Scarsdale and Stonegate neighborhoods. Tree branches brought down phone lines and power lines in many neighborhoods. As of 9:30 p.m. many areas were still without power.

Twisted tree branches dangle over a backyard on Hawthorne east of Arlington Heights Road.

Tree blown to pieces in the 800 block of North Douglas in Arlington Heights.

Click here for radar image of the storm from 2:44 p.m. until 4:18 p.m. that brought trees and utility lines down, collapsed a warehouse in West Chicago, started building fires   during a tornado warning Thursday afternoon.