Severe storms moving through the Midwest were expected to bring heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds, and possibly some tornadoes to the Chicago area on Thursday, with the heaviest storm activity hitting Thursday afternoon.
Thunderstorms could fire up later in the day, bringing heavy rain, lightning, and hail up to the size of pennies, according to the National Weather Service. The threat of storms and hail continue into Thursday as temperatures soar to a high of about 70.
A line of severe thunderstorms hit the Chicago area Monday, causing power outages, flight cancellations and delays and other problems. By late Monday, a second wave of storms was expected.
Thunderstorms began moving through north and northwest suburbs late Wednesday morning, bringing wind gusts of up to 45 mph, frequent lightning strikes, and occasional heavy downpours.
Though some rain began moving through the Chicago area Wednesday morning, the worst of a damaging storm system headed east from Iowa and Missouri was passing well south of the city and suburbs.
It’s bound to be a busy morning at auto shops across the Chicago area, in the wake of powerful storms that brought large, damaging hail to the city and suburbs.
The warm weather could be met with severe thunderstorms in the northern suburbs Saturday.
Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.
The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.
A round of storms overnight ripped down some trees in the Chicago area, and more storms hit the area just in time for the morning rush.
Severe thunderstorms passing through the Chicago area are expected to give way to cooler temperatures this evening.
Severe thunderstorms are moving through Chicago area Sunday that could produce 100 mile per hour winds and quarter size hail, according to the National Weather Service.
Following a day of triple-digit heat, the Chicago area is seeing some strong thunderstorms today.
A round of heavy spring storms caused serious damage in some areas overnight, including the collapse of a façade at a church in downtown Evanston that left a person injured
Torrential downpours, cloud-to-ground lightning, wind gusts in excess of 70 mph, and hail as large as golf balls could all be in store for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Sunday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
It might as well be mid-May, with temperatures climbing to 70 degrees and springtime thunderstorms making their way toward the area.
One of the historic rooms at the Garfield Park Conservatory, heavily damaged this summer in a hail storm, has reopened.
A fast moving thunderstorm with lightning and hail is expected to move into the Chicago area Tuesday night.
The rain that moved into the Chicago area late Friday could soak the city all weekend, and possibly into next week.
After three straight days of hot and humid weather, cooler air is expected to move into the Chicago area for the remainder of the holiday weekend — but not before some potentially strong Saturday night thunderstorms.