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PHOTOS: Friday Storms Give Way to Bright, Eerie Sky

By Kyla Gardner | August 31, 2013 12:43pm
 Heavy rains gave way to bright sky Friday night in Chicago.
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CHICAGO — Chicagoans were treated to a break from the heat last night — and some great Instagram fodder.

The temperature dropped as storms rolled into Chicago about 6 p.m. Dime-sized hail and "blinding rain" hit parts of the city, and winds reached as high as 70 miles per hour at the lakefront, according to the National Weather Service.

There were also 4,000 lightning strikes in one hour across Chicago and the surrounding area, which contributed to hazardous conditions, according to the weather service. North Coast Music Fest was temporarily evacuated about 6:30 p.m., and the gates were reopened 50 minutes later.

As the rain tapered, light beamed through the dark storm clouds, creating an eerie skyline and perfect filtered and un-filtered photo ops.

The city is in for more storms Saturday afternoon and Sunday.