Severe thunderstorms blasting northwest Illinois-warnings issued

High winds gusting to 60 mph or higher have downed trees and power lines in northwest Illinois at Franklin Grove and Milledgeville.  Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued until 9:45 pm for portions of Winnebago, Ogle, Boone and DeKalb counties in north central Illinois.

One inch hail fell at Mt. Morris and 3/4 inch hail at Forreston both in Ogle County at around 9:30 pm..



Storms starting to drop hail in the Chicago area-Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Ogle County

Showers and thunderstorms have been occurring in the Chicago area most of the evening accompanied by thunder and lightning and brief downpours. Shortly before 9pm some of the storms are now producing hail. Half-inch diameter hail has been reported in the Batavia area around 8:45 p.m. about the same time that pea-size hail fell in Morton Grove.

Farther west another storm that is increasing has prompted  the issuance of a severe thunderstorm warning for Ogle County until 9:30 pm with the potential for dropping hailstones up to one inch in diameter.


Showers and thunderstorms across the northern suburbs-nothing severe

An area of showers and thunderstorms is covering far northern Illinois including areas north of Chicago from Dubuque and the Quad Cities northeast to Lake and McHenry counties. The has been considerable weakening of the storms in the last hour.

More storms are expected to develop overnight across the area as warm and humid air pushes north from central Illinois.