A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for several counties as another round of storms begins to develop.
DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties are under the watch until 3 a.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 3AM for the pink highlighted IL counties. A Watch means conditions are favorable for severe storms. Damaging winds, large hail are the main threats with frequent lightning & heavy rain. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/HuO7XKWdtE
— Mike Janssen (@MikeJanssenWX) May 17, 2019
Severe T-Storm Watch issued that stretches over 450 miles across four states.
Watch runs until 3AM and covers some SW & S suburbs as well as rural locations in DeKalb, Will, Grundy, Kendall & Kankakee Counties. Watch down not include the city of Chicago. #ILwx #INwx #IAwx pic.twitter.com/RCpTCHQLfk
— Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) May 17, 2019
Earlier Thursday, storms moved across the Chicago area, prompting watching and warnings throughout the midday hours.
Storm reports came into the National Weather Service office detailing heavy rains, 1-inch hail and wind gusts of 52 mph.
— Dana B (@danab101) May 16, 2019
Heavy rain & lightning in Tinley Park near Harlem and 183rd. pic.twitter.com/mVZ5ojiCYp
— Julian Crews (@JulianCrewsWGN) May 16, 2019
— Debbie DeCaluwe (@debdecal) May 16, 2019
Widespread storm damage was reported including uprooted trees and downed power lines.
GREEN OAKS: Due to downed power lines, St. Mary's Rd CLOSED Atkinson Rd to IL-137 ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/m1ZYwj8VLu
— WGN-TV Traffic (@WGNtraffic) May 16, 2019
Activity in the skies made for remarkable visuals throughout the day. Several residents shared images on social media.
— CJ EICH (@cjeich85) May 16, 2019
— Mike Janssen (@MikeJanssenWX) May 16, 2019
— Bill Snyder (@billyweather) May 16, 2019
Weather service officials said it was too soon to confirm reports of multiple tornado sightings along the storm’s path.
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