Severe storms sweep through Chicago area
CHICAGO - A tornado warning was issued Tuesday afternoon for parts of Will County.
The warning, which was in effect until 3:30 p.m., covered Joliet, New Lenox, Mokena and other parts of the southwest suburbs, according to the National Weather Service.
Between a quarter- and half-inch of rain could fall over the Chicago area by the evening. The chance of precipitation in Chicago is forecast at 60%.
The strongest winds, between noon and 6 p.m., could gust at 40 mph, the weather service said. There is also a limited risk of half-dollar-size hail.
The high temperature Tuesday may rise to 87 degrees, but forecasters warned swimmers and boaters to avoid Lake Michigan. Life-threatening waves could rise to 3 or 5 feet.
The Chicago area and northwest Indiana are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service said afternoon storms could generate damaging ping-pong size hail as well as winds strong enough to bring down tree limbs.
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Graphic via the National Weather Service
The latest Global Forecast System model shows limited chances of rain after Tuesday.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.