CHICAGO (CBS) — Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Chicago area during the midday hours Saturday amid severe storms that also brought pouring, drenching rain.
After a couple hours of relative calm, a new string of tornado warnings was issued for parts of Will, Kankakee, Grundy, and Livingston counties until 4:30 p.m.READ MORE: Cook County Offers Assistance With Eviction Moratorium Ending; Landlords Say Moratorium Has Had Their Hands Tied
A tornado warning was subsequently issued for southeast Cook County, east central Will County, and west central Lake County, Indiana until 5 p.m.
The rotating storms were likely wrapped in rain with the torrential downpours as they headed northeast. The rotation is tighter with this system than some of the earlier ones.
A couple of hours earlier, a tornado warning was issued for southern Cook County as well as Will County and Lake County, Indiana until 2:45 p.m.
Earlier, a tornado warning was issued for parts of the City of Chicago; it expired at 12:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported that at 11:49 a.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was spotted over East Garfield Park and West Town.
The system moved northeast toward Lakeview, Uptown and Edgewater. The NWS reported the rotation moved out over the northern part of the Loop area.
View of downtown Chicago. Rotation area captured in this view passing over the immediate north side of the Loop out over Lake MI. Still some rotating cells behind this one though. Get inside, away from windows, and if you can as low as you can. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/TdVdWcRvxr
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 26, 2021
CBS 2 Meteorologist Robb Ellis reported rotation was seen moving over the Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways, but went on to move out over Lake Michigan.READ MORE: Chicago Seniors Give 'A Spoonful Of Hope' To Those In The Community Who Need Meals
However, the warning was kept in place for several minutes afterward for Central Cook County due to concerns about rotation in Forest View.
A flash flood warning has also been issued for parts of the eastern Cook, central DuPage, and northwest Will County until 6:15 p.m.
Heavy pouring rain persisted as of noon throughout the area, including Woodridge and Naperville – which were hit by an EF-3 tornado just this past Sunday.
A separate tornado warning was issued for southwest Will County just to the south and east of Joliet until noon, and a third was issued for southern Grundy County and Livingston County until 12:30 p.m.
Ellis reported the Grundy County storm system had the most severe rotation and was the most dangerous of the systems.
Watching several rotating storms, one which has prompted a Tornado Warning in LIvingston Co.
Another in Will/Grundy that needs watching. pic.twitter.com/aR5PxGW9j5
— Robb Ellis (@WxRobb) June 26, 2021
Gusty winds were also seen from O’Hare International Airport to Bloomingdale, which Ellis identified as areas of concern.
A tornado watch was also issued for Cook County and parts south and east until 7 p.m., and a flash flood watch has been issued for the entire Chicago area with the exception of Lake County through Sunday morning.MORE NEWS: Some Chicago Bars And Restaurants Are Beginning To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination This Week
Ellis reported more tornado warnings are possible throughout the afternoon, though he does not expect any storms on the level of last Sunday.