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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Chicago area – NBC Chicago

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for several counties in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.

The watch covers McHenry, Lake, DeKalb and Kane counties, as well as Kenosha County in Wisconsin, and lasts until 5 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for parts of Lake County and Cook County, with a severe thunderstorm over Hoffman Estates moving northeast at 50 mph, NWS said. The biggest threats from this storm were wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail.

The warning for Cook County remains in effect until 2:45 p.m., while the warning for Lake County is in effect until 3 p.m.

An earlier severe thunderstorm warning issued until 1:15 p.m. for northern DeKalb County and southwestern McHenry County was allowed to expire.

According to the watch, isolated tornadoes are possible with any severe storms that develop, along with hail up to two inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour.

Hail of that size can cause significant damage to vehicles and the siding of homes and buildings, while excessive wind gusts can damage roofs and tree limbs, officials said.

Another round of severe weather could begin later this evening, with most of Chicago at “slight” risk for severe storms.