Lightning hits Chicago’s Willis (Sears) Tower repeatedly in derecho (Pictures)

Composite of three lightning strikes hitting Chicago's Sears Tower, June 30, 2014 (Nick Ulivieri via Twitter)
Composite of three lightning strikes hitting Chicago’s Sears Tower, June 30, 2014 (Nick Ulivieri via Twitter)

Two fierce lines of storms pounded Chicago Monday night in succession, with blinding rain (Midway Airport logged 0.8 inches in 7 minutes), wind gusts to 70 mph, and frequent lightning.  The Chicago Tribune reports the “double-fisted” storm – part of a powerful derecho complex –  flooded city streets and knocked out power to 382,000 customers.

The storms harnessed tremendous energy which turned them into lightning-generating machines. The Willis (Sears) Tower was hit multiple times and captured on camera and video.

Here are some views…

Videos of strikes at Willis (Sears) Tower

Pictures of strikes at Willis Tower

Additional Chicago storm and lightning views

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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