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Severe Weather Live Blog: Wind Advisory Issued, Strong Gusts Reported Across Area

Severe weather is impacting the Chicago area on Tuesday, with watches and warnings issued throughout the region.

Here are the latest headlines:

8:15 p.m.: Downed Wires Impacting Metra Electric Line Trains

Metra officials say that downed power lines near 91st Street have impacted both inbound and outbound trains, causing extensive delays.

Multiple trains were stopped along the Electric Line route on Tuesday evening, and although service is resuming, extensive delays are still expected as crews continue to clean up the damage.

7:45 p.m.: Wind Gusts of Nearly 80 MPH Reported in Multiple Chicago Area Communities

After a series of severe thunderstorms moved through the Chicago area on Tuesday, residents were left cleaning up after strong wind gusts knocked over tree branches, damaged roofs and knocked out power to thousands of customers.

Several locations reported wind gusts of nearly 80 miles per hour, including Chicago’s Navy Pier and Sugar Grove in suburban Kane County. Power lines were blown down in Winnebago and DeKalb counties, and tree branches were knocked off of trees throughout the region.

Here is a full list of communities the National Weather Service has accumulated data for.

6:36 p.m.: Wind Advisory Remains in Effect as Severe Weather Threat Diminishes

A tornado watch remains in effect for four Illinois counties, including DuPage, Cook, Will and Kankakee counties until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Even as the storms finish moving through the area, a wind advisory is now in effect for all of northern Illinois, as well as Lake, Newton, Jasper and LaPorte counties in northwest Indiana, until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

5:53 p.m.: Tornado Watch Canceled for Parts of Area, but Remains in Effect in Eastern Illinois

A tornado watch has been canceled in several area counties as thunderstorms continue to weaken in the region.

The watch was canceled in McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Grundy and Kendall counties on Tuesday evening, according to officials.

The watch does remain in effect in DuPage, Cook, Will and Kankakee counties until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

5:49 p.m.: Officials in Winnebago Say Clean-up Underway After Powerful Storms Hammer Village

Officials in Winnebago are asking residents to be vigilant after powerful thunderstorms ripped through the area, knocking out power, impacting gas service and knocking down tree branches and power lines.

According to officials with the Winnebago Police Department, many village residents are currently without power, and both ComEd and Nicor Gas workers are out trying to repair damage done by the storms.

“Please give crews space to work and try to keep the roadways clear for equipment,” police officials said.

5:18 p.m.: Tornado Warning Issued for Kenosha County

A new tornado warning has been issued for Kenosha County in southeastern Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm that spawned the warning is moving to the northeast at 50 miles per hour, and radar indicated rotation inside of the storm, according to an alert from NWS.

5:14 p.m.: All Inbound, Outbound Trains Stopped on Metra Union Pacific-Northwest Line Due to Severe Weather

Inbound and outbound train movement on the Metra UP-Northwest line was halted at approximately 5 p.m. due to severe weather, officials said.

Trains on the Metra UP-West line were also impacted by severe weather, and the agency warns that other lines could be impacted as the weather moves to the northeast.

5:11 p.m.: Thousands Without Power as Severe Weather Hammers Area

Thousands of ComEd customers are without power on Tuesday night as a series of thunderstorms rolls through the Chicago area.

You can find up-to-date totals on outages at this link.

More than 2,000 customers in both Kane and McHenry counties are without power as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

4:52 p.m.: Kankakee County Added to Tornado Watch Area

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch for northeastern Illinois now includes Kankakee County until 8 p.m.

The alert also includes Ford and Iroquois counties.

DeKalb, LaSalle, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties all remain under the watch until 8 p.m.

4:44 p.m.: Metra UP-Northwest Trains Impacted by Severe Weather

According to Metra officials, Train #652 on the UP-Northwest line, scheduled to arrive at the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 5:38 p.m., is stopped due to severe weather.

Trains on the Metra UP-West line have also been impacted by the storms, which are moving to the northeast at approximately 55 miles per hour.

4:40 p.m.: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Four NE Illinois Counties

A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of McHenry, Lake, DuPage and Cook counties until 6 p.m.

The warning impacts all of Lake County, the eastern portion of McHenry County, all of DuPage County and northern Cook County, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms are moving toward the northeast at 55 miles per hour, and wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour have been reported with the storms.

4:31 p.m.: Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Remain in Effect

A tornado warning remains in effect for northeastern LaSalle County in Illinois until 4:45 p.m. according to the National Weather Service, while multiple severe thunderstorm warnings also remain in effect.

As of 4:30 p.m., the cell that triggered the tornado warning was located near Sheridan, moving northeast at 45 miles per hour. The cell has radar-indicated rotation, according to a storm alert.

The storm will move toward Lake Holiday and Somonauk, where it will arrive at approximately 4:35 p.m.

4:28 p.m.: Trains Stopped on Metra UP-West Line Due to Weather

Officials with Metra say that at least one train has stopped on the Union Pacific-West line due to severe weather Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, Train #37, scheduled to arrive in Elburn at 4:11 p.m., is stopped near La Fox because of weather-related issues.

Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are being reported with thunderstorms rocking the Chicago area, and more storms are expected to develop as the evening progresses.

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