Severe Weather Brings Quarter-Sized Hail, Heavy Winds Through Chicago Area

A severe thunderstorm Wednesday is bringing heavy wind and quarter-sized hail through the Chicago area.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the majority of Chicagoland, and a severe thunderstorm warning moved through northern Cook County and southern Lake County before it expired at 8 p.m.

The storm was expected to damage roofs, siding and trees with 60 mph wind gusts, the weather service said.

Residents are advised to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building for safety.

The storm was most recently over northwest Indiana, moving east at 45 mph, the weather service said. The thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m.

In Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, heavy wind downed trees and damaged an apartment building, which was evacuated, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The damage might have been the result of a microburst, an episode of heavy, downward wind.

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