Severe weather moves through Chicago area Tuesday


CHICAGO — After several tornadoes erupted through the area Monday, several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued Tuesday night.

Activity shifted its focus on Northwest Indiana, with the last Severe Thunderstorm Warnings expiring at 9:15 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Northwest Indiana and Kankakee County until 2 a.m.

There have been several reports of wind damage throughout the area and more than 175,000 ComEd customers are without power at this time.

In Lake of the Hills, many trees were downed following high winds. In West Rogers Park, a few large trees were knocked over.

Prior to the storms, a Heat Advisory was issued from noon to 7 p.m. Heat indices topped 110 degrees. The city opened the following cooling centers to help residents deal with the heat.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave. 

Tuesday’s storms followed a very active pattern Monday night that produced at least six tornadoes throughout the area.

More storms are possible on Wednesday night.

Wednesday Forecast: Hazy, hot, and very humid. Chance for afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms. Winds: SW 10-15. High Temp: 92.

Full forecast details and extended outlook at the WGN Weather Center blog

Extended outlook keeps us muggy and hot with periodic thunderstorms through Thursday with highs near 90. Cooler and more comfortable in the seasonal lower 80s for Friday and the weekend. 

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