Watches and warning issued as severe weather erupts across state

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The strong storms will continue to advance towards Chicago tonight.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Will, Kankakee and Lake County, Ind. until 11:45 p.m.

 A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Boone; Cook; De Kalb; DuPage; Ford; Grundy; Iroquois; Kane; Kankakee; Kendall; Lake; McHenry and Will until 3 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee counties in Illinois and Newton County in Indiana until 10:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Ogle, DeKalb, Lee, LaSalle, Livingston and Grundy counties until 10 p.m.

The strongest storms have produced a tornado between Good Hope and Bushnell along route 9 in McDonough County Illinois.  Also near that area baseball size hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph have been reported.

A tornado watch has been issued for several Illinois counties including La Salle; Lee; Livingston; Ogle and Winnebago until 11 p.m.

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Both the severe thunderstorms tonight and the high winds on Wednesday will likely cause delays and cancellations to air travel.

Updates at Chicago Weather Center.

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Latest radar trends show that thunderstorms are beginning to fire in northeast Missouri. These storms are in the southwest portion of Tornado Watch #44 and are expected to grow and possibly become severe as they track northeast into Illinois. No severe weather has been reported with these storms so far, but a severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for Hancock County in west-central Illinois by the Quad City office. Severe weather appears imminent from the storms as they continue to develop.

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Thunderstorms developing over west-central Illinois have turned severe with numerous reports of large hail, strong winds and even a tornado touchdown in Hancock County, IL near Warsaw. Two- inch diameter hail (hen egg size ) was just reported near Tennessee, IL in Hancock County. The storms continue to develop and move northeast at 45-50 mph.

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Severe thunderstorms have been raking portions of western Illinois this evening from the Quincy area north to the Dubuque area with the south end of the activity now approaching the Peoria area.
There have been numerous reports of funnel clouds, tornado sightings, large hail and strong winds.
Some late reports:

Milan, IL Gust to 50 mph
Quad City Airport at Moline, IL wind gust to 68 mph
Alexander, IL   in Morgan County Baseball size hail  (2.75 inches)
Canton, IL Golf ball size hail

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The latest info from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma indicates that the severe thunderstorm activity currently moving through Illinois is expected to reach the Chicago area between 10pm and 1am.  While the threat of tornadic activity is expected to diminish, the storms are expected to remain strong bringing hail and high winds. It is expected that a severe thunderstorm watch that included the greater Chicago area will be issued shortly.
Updates at Chicago Weather Center

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The National Weather Service says a tornado has been reported near the western Illinois town of Good Hope in McDonough County.

A dispatcher in the McDonough County sheriff’s office said late Tuesday that some damage has been reported in and around the town. However, he said it wasn’t clear if it was caused by a tornado or from high winds. There were no reports of injuries.
The weather service is warning area residents of golf ball-sized hail and flying debris. 
-Associated Press

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