Storms Bring Heavy Rain, Funnel Clouds to Parts of Chicago Area

The developing and complex weather system will unfold within hours and could change as the day goes on

Storms began moving into parts of the Chicago area Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing with them the threat for damaging winds and heavy rain.

Torrential downpours brought several inches of rainfall to some suburbs and the city. 

The National Weather Service reported around 6:30 p.m. that more than a foot of water was left on some streets in Chicago. Up to 3 inches of water was left in parts of Elk Grove Village.

Funnel clouds were reported in multiple cities in northern Illinois, including LaSalle, Morris and Plano. The NWS reported atmospheric conditions were favorable for the development of isolated funnel clouds, but they weren't expected to touch the ground or "pose any sort of hazard."

"On extremely rare occassions these funnels can briefly touch the ground and produce very minimal, if any damage," NWS reported. 

Parts of Cook County were also placed under a Flood Advisory until 9:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Much of the Chicago area was under a slight or enhanced risk for severe weather throughout the day. 

The threat for severe thunderstorms was expected to increase across the area during the late afternoon and evening hours, when a quick-moving line of severe storms could develop across parts of northern and central Illinois and Indiana. 

The storms are expected to fade overnight with a few spotty showers possible early Friday morning. 

Friday temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s, turning cooler and less humid in the afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be dry, making for a beautiful weekend.

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