LIVE: Tornado Watch in effect for parts of Illinois, Indiana as severe weather hits Chicago
CHICAGO — Tornado sirens briefly went off Saturday afternoon as severe weather hit the Chicago area, prompting warnings and for residents to seek shelter.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. Saturday for Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties in Illinois and La Porte, Porter and Jasper counties in Indiana.
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The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Central and Northeast Illinois Northwest Indiana Southwest Lower Michigan Lake Michigan * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 1205 PM until 700 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... A couple tornadoes possible Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Scattered large hail events to 1 inch in diameter possible SUMMARY...Isolated rotating storms have begun to develop over central and northeast Illinois. This trend may continue through the afternoon, with the potential for damaging wind gusts or isolated tornadoes in the strongest cells. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 50 statute miles north and south of a line from 35 miles west northwest of Decatur IL to 35 miles north of Lansing MI. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1230 PM CDT FOR NORTH CENTRAL LIVINGSTON…EAST CENTRAL LA SALLE AND SOUTHERN GRUNDY COUNTIES… At 1201 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Dwight, moving northeast at 40 mph. HAZARD…Tornado. SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. Locations impacted include… Dwight, Gardner, Mazon, Cornell, South Wilmington, Ransom, Verona and Kinsman. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... Eastern Cook County in northeastern Illinois... Central DuPage County in northeastern Illinois... Northwestern Will County in northeastern Illinois... * Until 615 PM CDT. * At 1218 PM CDT, doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. HAZARD...Flash flooding. SOURCE...Doppler radar. IMPACT...Rapid-onset flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other poor drainage and low lying areas. * Some locations that will experience flash flooding include... Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, Naperville, Cicero, Evanston, Bolingbrook, Skokie, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Oak Lawn, Berwyn, Wheaton, Oak Park, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lombard, Ohare Airport, Romeoville and Plainfield. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. A Flash Flood Warning means rapid-onset flooding is imminent or may already be occurring. Persons along creeks, drainage ditches, and other waterways should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.
A tornado was spotted on the ground in Crete, Illinois just after 2:05 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Lake County, Indiana and Porter County until 4:15 p.m. EDT.
Storms remain possible across much of the region throughout the late afternoon and early evening.
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