Chicago Weather Alert: Severe storms sweep into Chicago area

CHICAGO (CBS) — A round of severe storms were headed toward the Chicago area late Tuesday afternoon.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued one by one as the storm system has moved east. A new severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for northeast Will, southeast DuPage, and southeast Cook counties until 7:30 p.m.

Two separate warnings were also in effect until 6:30 p.m. – one for southwest Lake, northeast DuPage, and northeast Cook counties, and the other for northeast Kane and northwest DuPage counties.

Warnings were also issued for McHenry and DeKalb counties, and earlier northeastern Winnebago and Boone and southeastern Rock County, Wisconsin.

A severe thunderstorm watch in also effect until 8 p.m. The watch includes Cook County, as well as DuPage and Will counties. The severe thunderstorm watch was dropped early for Lake, DeKalb, McHenry, Kane, and Kendall counties.

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The storms were bringing wind gusts up to 60 mph over Downers Grove as of just before 6:30 p.m. Winds of 60 to 65 mph were reported soon afterward near Midway International Airport.

Nickel-sized hail was also reported. Cloud-to-ground lightning was detected near Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

There was concern that the system could turn tornadic. The storm did produce a funnel cloud in Kane County, CBS 2 Meteorologist Albert Ramon reported. However, no tornado warnings have been called.

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Although widespread severe weather is not expected, storms producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible.

CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl tweeted a photo of some turbulent clouds at the airfield in Schaumburg after Chopper 2 had to land due to the threat of severe weather.

The storm threat will decrease after 7 p.m., and the rest of the evening should be warm and dry, with lows in the 70s. 

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Earlier, storms in Wisconsin sent us an outflow boundary that is keeping a gusty northeast wind flow in place from the north shore to the WI line. Waves here are 3 to 5 feet with dangerous rip currents until sunset.

There was a large spread earlier in the afternoon. It was cool in Highland Park with 70 degrees., and 90 degrees in Bolingbrook. Feels like temps were around 100 degrees far southwest.

Cold front crosses at daybreak tomorrow. Not a huge rain chance with it, but a noticeable drop in temps.

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TONIGHT: BREEZY & MILD. LOW 73.

WEDNESDAY: SHOWER CHANCE. HIGH 80.

THURSDAY: PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH 65.

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