The Chicago area could see another round of severe weather late Saturday After two hurricanes hit, Trees fell and power cuts for thousands.
Warnings of severe thunderstorms were issued in the morning hours, as communities were exposed to heavy rain, strong winds and floods. By 6 pm, the rain had not stopped everywhere, and several streets remained closed due to rising flood waters.
Parts of the Chicago area along the Illinois-Wisconsin border remain at “increased risk” of severe weather as the storm system heads from Minnesota and Wisconsin to the southeast, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Rain and storms are expected to move in around 8 p.m., creating the potential for isolated tornadoes, damaging winds of up to 70 mph and hail of up to an inch in diameter.
With some Lake County communities seeing widespread flooding, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning, saying that “water levels above flood stage are imminent or may already occur” near or along the Des Plaines River.
A tornado likely hit south of Naperville early Saturday morning, according to data from the National Weather Service. Gene DiSalvo reports from NBC 5.
As of 3:45 p.m., the river was 11.1 feet high. The river is expected to reach its peak near 16 feet on Sunday morning, one foot above the flood stage. According to the NWS, the flash flood warning remains in effect until further notice.
The threat is not as severe in other nearby communities, although they may experience flash floods as well.
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois as well as Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana are under flash flood watch from 7 p.m. through Sunday morning.
By midnight, the first batch of storms will kick in, according to meteorologists on the NBC 5 Storm Team. But this will not be the end of the rain.
More rain and storms are expected in the early morning hours, moving from the east around 5 a.m. and finally ending around 10 a.m.
Dry conditions will stabilize over the following hours, setting the stage for a pattern of dry weather in the coming days.
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