Chicago Weather: Thunderstorms Sweep Through, Bringing Torrential Rain, Strong Winds
Severe thunderstorms are bringing very heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning through the Chicago area Saturday evening, prompting multiple severe thunderstorm warnings.
by Ed Curran and
CHICAGO (CBS) — Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday afternoon and evening, as gusty storms brought torrential rain and powerful winds, bringing down tree limbs across the area.
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, after a narrow band of strong storms passed through the Chicago area on Saturday, bringing very heavy rain, strong winds, and lots of lightning.
A severe thunderstorm warning also is in effect for Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana until 8:15 p.m. central time.
Earlier severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Cook, Will, and Kankakee counties in Illinois, and Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana have since expired.
REAL TIME WEATHER ALERT: Severe storm moving through Chicago!
Lightning and Gusty Winds! These storms are producing a LOT of lightning, gusty winds and very heavy rain.
You should seek shelters indoors from lightning and gusty winds! pic.twitter.com/WjgGyqymzP
— Robb Ellis (@WxRobb) July 24, 2021
“Damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph will be possible with these storms,” the National Weather Service said.
Downed tree limbs, some as thick as 3 inches in diameter, have been reported down in Chicago, Evergreen Park, and Hammond, Indiana.
After the storms wind down Saturday evening, things should clear out nicely, and cool down to a low of 70.
Sunday will bring sunshine and falling humidity with a high of 93 degrees.
Temperatures will stay in the 90s until midweek, when a few storms may return on Wednesday. Temperatures should be cooler by week’s end.
Saturday: Hazy, hot and humid. Afternoon storms could be strong or severe. High of 91.
Saturday night: Showers and storms early. 73.
Sunday: Sunny and hot. 93.