Storms Leave Thousands Without Power Friday in Chicago Area

A tornado watch was issued Friday afternoon for counties in Illinois and Indiana ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Kankakee County in Illinois and Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana remain under the watch until 8 p.m., the National Weather Service announced. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Porter County in Indiana until 7:30 p.m.

Power was knocked out at 2,954 locations in Cook County, according to ComEd.

The National Weather Service also issued a Tornado Warning for three Illinois counties, including southeastern Livingston County, Ford County, and southwestern Iroquois County. The warning lasted until 5:15 p.m., and was allowed to expire. 

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for Livingston County and Ford County until 4:45 p.m. According to the NWS, the storm is moving east at 35 MPH, with wind gusts up to 60 MPH and half dollar-size hail. 

Though a bulk of the potential severe weather is forecast to stay south of I-80, the Chicago-area also likely will be impacted by the weather.

The Chicago White Sox on Friday afternoon postponed the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Friday evening, but their second game, which starts at 7:10 p.m., is still scheduled to be played.

Early predictions show Saturday looks to be partly sunny and mild with a chance for showers and storms during the evening hours. Sunday, conditions turn cloudy with showers and storms possible in the morning hours and a breezy and mild afternoon.

Temperatures for both days look to stay in the low- to mid-70s.

Monday will see partly sunny skies with some scattered showers and isolated storms possible. Temperatures highs are expected to sit in the upper-60s and low-70s.

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