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Chicago Thunderstorms Latest Update

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Chicago Thunderstorms Leave Behind Downed Trees, Power Outages and Teen Struck By Lightning

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Strong thunderstorms quickly barreled through the Chicago area Wednesday

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At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, authorities responded to reports of a 13-year-old girl being struck by lightning in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue

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According to the Chicago Park District, the teen was visiting an outdoor garden space with her family when she was struck

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While the National Weather Service recorded nearly 5,000 lightning strikes across the Chicago area during Wednesday’s severe weather outbreak

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that getting struck by lightning is incredibly rare, estimating that chances are around 1 in 1 million

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Thunderstorms do have a limited chance of returning Thursday, but are expected to be milder than what the area saw on Wednesday

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Mainly for areas south of Interstate 80, with some having the capability to produce gusty winds and brief torrential rainfall

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There is currently a 'Red Flag' warning in effect for Chicago beaches, as dangerous swim conditions