Memorial Day Storms Clear in Illinois, NW Indiana

A Tornado Watch was originally issued for nearly all of the Chicago area until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service

Memorial Day in the Chicago area was met with severe weather as storms brought hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and even tornadoes.

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A Tornado Watch was issued, then canceled for all of the Chicago area, as well as Newton, Jasper, Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana. The remaining Tornado Warning in LaPorte County in Indiana was also canceled, according to the National Weather Service.

An observed tornado was reported along the Illinois-Indiana border near southeast Cook County, but it was not immediately clear if there was damage in the area.

Experts say severe weather in the Chicago area is expected to continue come Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.

Severe storms that developed in this system brought up to golf ball-sized hail, wind gusts of up to 70 mph, torrential downpours, lightning and an observed tornado warnings in the area.

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"As the Memorial Day holiday winds down, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is advising residents and travelers to be aware of changing weather conditions and possible flooding, large hail, heavy rain and wind gusts and take the necessary precautions," OEMC said in a statement Monday evening. "Keep tuned to local media for updates and seek shelter for severe weather and if sirens are activated."

The storms were expected to weaken before midnight. 

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