Warnings have been issued for many counties as severe storms approach the Chicago area.
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The storms' main risks include severe winds and half-dollar-sized hail.
A system known for producing severe thunderstorms continued to move into the Chicago region Tuesday afternoon, prompting watches and warnings in many counties.
A new severe thunderstorm warning was issued for sections of Lake, DuPage, and Cook counties from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The warning included southwestern Lake, northeastern DuPage, and northwestern Cook counties, said to National Weather Service officials.
According to NWS authorities, a storm near Carpentersville was traveling southeast at 30 miles per hour.
The storm could deliver quarter-size hail and have wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour.
Another warning has been issued for all of Kane County and the northern section of DuPage County, which is likewise valid until 6:30 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., a secondary storm was spotted near Pingree Grove, heading southeast at 30 miles per hour. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph were expected, as well as quarter-size hail.
With the exception of northwest Indiana, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued shortly before 5 p.m. for practically the entire Chicago region. McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kendall counties are included in the watch, which is in place until 8 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for areas of DeKalb, Kane, and McHenry counties from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. The storms' main risks include severe winds and half-dollar-sized hail.
At 5:45 p.m., the warning was permitted to expire.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued earlier in the afternoon in Winnebago and Boone counties along the Illinois-Wisconsin border, urging citizens to take shelter. As the storms crossed the border, DeKalb County received repeated warnings.
Isolated thunderstorms were probable, especially in northern Illinois near the Wisconsin border, with destructive winds and hail being the primary hazards.
However, storms may continue to sweep into the Chicago region Tuesday evening.
The storms arrive as the area experiences late-season heat, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees for some. Northern areas, on the other hand, saw substantially colder temperatures as the storm system brought an early lake wind.