Strong storms bring hail, funnel cloud to Ill.

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Chicago airports are experiencing storm-related delays, and thousands of residents of northern and central Illinois have no power.

Chicago airports are experiencing storm-related delays, and thousands of residents of northern and central Illinois have no power. Several waves of severe weather with lightning and wind gusts are expected to hit the state Friday. The National Weather Service says large hail was reported near Rockford and Belvidere. And a funnel cloud was spotted on radar a mile south of Lake in the Hills. Flight delays at O’Hare International Airport are averaging one hour and more than 50 flights have been canceled. Midway is seeing shorter delays and no cancellations. ComEd reports 5,800 customers without electricity, mostly in the Rockford area. About 7,300 Ameren customers are without power, mostly in Knox, Peoria and Warren counties. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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