Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued all over the region Monday, as storms with dangerous winds and frequent lightning quickly worked their way through the area.
A series of tornado warnings were issued throughout the region, with the last remaining one now canceled in Lake County. Several areas reported funnel clouds, although damage estimates are not available at this time.
A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Kankakee County in Illinois, along with Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in northwest Indiana until 5:30 p.m.
The storms are packing 80 mile-per-hour wind gusts and quarter-sized hail, and straight-line winds could cause serious damage to trees, power lines and some structures.
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until this evening for McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kankakee counties in Illinois, along with Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana.
The watch has been canceled for several counties, including DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall and Grundy counties.
Severe thunderstorms packing wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour were reported throughout the area, spawning a series of warnings between 2 and 4 p.m. Monday. Most of the heavy rain and high winds have begun to move out over Lake Michigan, but a high wind warning remains in effect until 7 p.m.
Power outages are possible due to the high winds and frequent lightning, so officials are advising residents to charge their phones.
High temperatures before the rain hits could reach the upper 80s to low 90s with heat index levels in the mid to upper 90s.