The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lake County was canceled by the National Weather Service at 6:03PM. Part of the thunderstorm activity that prompted the warning has moved out of Lake County and over Lake Michigan. Other storms have drifted south into Cook County.
As of 6:06PM, all of the storms on radar appear to be below severe limits, but are still capable of brief heavy rain, gusty winds to 40mph, and some small hail. No warnings are in effect at this time but the remaining activity is being monitored closely.
For up to the minute television coverage, tune into Duffy Atkins who is tracking tonight’s storms from the WGN Weather Center on CLTV.
A change in direction of the Lake County, IL storm was noted as of 5:50PM. The southern flank of the cell has split from the main line, and is starting to move southeast (rather than east) toward the Lake-Cook county line. This change in direction can sometimes mean storm rotation will intensify, and this cell is being monitored closely by the WGN Weather Center.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for most of Lake County until 6:15PM.
As of 5:39PM, a severe thunderstorm continues to track across central Lake County Illinois. This storm has lost its tornadic characteristics, but is still capable of large hail and damaging winds. In addition, torrential and at times blinding rain is likely until 6PM along Interstate 94 north of Lake-Cook Road.
The WGN Weather Center continues to monitor a severe thunderstorm that is tracking north of the City of Chicago through Lake County, Illinois. The eastward moving cell has now cleared the McHenry-Lake County line, and all warnings have been dropped for McHenry County.
A severe thunderstorm continues to track across Lake County Illinois as of 5:26PM. Doppler radar is showing that wind rotation within the storm has dropped off significantly, reducing the likelihood of a tornado. This storm however, is still capable of strong and possibly damaging winds as well as torrential downpours.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Lake County and extreme Eastern McHenry County until 6:15PM.
The Tornado Warning for McHenry County was allowed to expire at 5:15PM.
As of 5:15PM, radar indicated that the thunderstorm that produced a brief tornado touchdown at around 4:30PM continues to track east and into Lake County Illinois. This storm is capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and torrential downpours.
There have been no additional reports of tornado touchdowns since 4:30 this afternoon. However, the thunderstorm that produced the tornado near Capron continues to show strong rotation as it travels east across McHenry county at 30mph.
The strong rotation is an indication that this storm is still capable of producing a tornado, and the Tornado Warning for Eastern McHenry County continues until 5:15PM