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Severe Weather Hits Chicago Area, With Wind Damage and Heavy Rain Reported

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Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rains and gusty winds to parts of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana on Monday, sparking several warnings in the process.

A tornado watch that had been issued for the Chicago area and part of northwest Indiana until 9 p.m. Monday was allowed to expire, according to the National Weather Service.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the afternoon, including in LaSalle, Grundy and DeKalb counties. Those storms produced a brief tornado, which apparently touched down in western LaSalle County and was only on the ground for 30-to-45 seconds.

Gusty winds, some in excess of 60 miles per hour, were also reported in storms that hit Illinois.

In northwest Indiana, severe thunderstorms hit Newton and Jasper counties before moving northward into Porter and LaPorte counties.

Even though there were no severe thunderstorm warnings issued for the city of Chicago, gusty winds and heavy rains caused some storm damage in the area, with several flooded streets and downed tree limbs reported in the city.

In Uptown, several social media posts showed downed trees along Paulina Street, according to NWS officials.

Several inches of standing water were reported on streets in the Lincoln Park neighborhood after heavy rains hit the city.

Wind gusts of 45 miles per hour were reported in Montrose Harbor, which caused a marine warning to be issued for the region during the afternoon.

Cooler temperatures and dry conditions are expected to reign in the area after the storms move through, with highs reaching the low-70s on Tuesday.

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