Significant severe weather outbreak expected today across Chicago area

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CHICAGO --There is a moderate risk of severe weather across the central Midwest including the entire Chicago Metro area Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Overnight storms delivered locally heavy rain to areas from eastern Iowa through central Illinois into Indiana, bypassing the immediate Chicago area, but bringing rain to areas south and west of the city.

These storms are moving off to the southeast as a new area of potentially severe storms develop across portions of northeast Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin forming into a derecho or long-lasting cluster of severe thunderstorms, capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

A Flash Flood Watch also remains in effect for the entire Chicago area as these storms have to potential to produce blinding downpours and flash flooding.

For the latest weather updates, go to Chicago Weather Center

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