Severe Thunderstorms

Storms Move Across the Chicago Area, Bringing Heavy Rain and High Winds

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The Chicago area saw a round of severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with heavy rain and wind gusts reaching at least 60 miles per hour as a storm system swept its way into the region.

The storms, beginning in central Wisconsin as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, slowly moved their way to the south and southeast, but picked up speed as they approached the state line.

Those storms sparked severe thunderstorm warnings in Wisconsin, and some exhibited radar-indicated rotation.

The storms packed heavy rains, gusty winds, small hail, and camed into the area with a limited chance for tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms crossed the Illinois state line around 2 a.m., moving their way through the western suburbs and the city of Chicago itself.

The storms brought gusty winds and half-dollar size-hail, with localized flooding possible.

On Thursday afternoon and evening, the risk of showers and storms will move toward the south, especially areas south of Interstate 80. There is a possibility of severe weather developing in those areas, but the risk appears to be low at this time.

Dangerous swim conditions are also expected on Lake Michigan beaches, as the high winds are expected to churn up waves and cause rip currents.

Temperatures are expected to cool to more seasonable levels by Friday, with highs only expected to reach the 70s or perhaps the low-80s in most locations.

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