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Severe Thunderstorms To Hit Chicago Monday — And There’s A Possibility For A Tornado

Chicago could get 80 mph wind gusts and 1 inch of rain during afternoon storms Monday.

Rainstorm clouds hang low over the Chicago skyline during the Chicago Air and Water Show on Aug. 21, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Severe storms are expected to hit Chicago Monday afternoon, with damaging winds expected and a brief tornado possible.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Chicago until 4 p.m., and people are urged to check for updates on the storms.

Storms have already kicked off in western Illinois, and they’re moving east, said Scott Lincoln, a National Weather Service meteorologist. The first storms are expected to hit Chicago as early as 1 p.m., but that could vary — and more storms will be possible throughout the afternoon, he said.

Some parts of the city could get 1-2 inches of rain or more if they’re hit by strong storms, while other parts will see less than 1 inch, Lincoln said. In general, the Chicago area will get .5 to 1 inch of rain, he said.

“Summertime storms are very variable with rain amounts,” Lincoln said. “All depends who lucks out and who ends up getting a storm.”

The storms that are coming from the east have seen hail, so Chicago could get hail, Lincoln said.

But the highest threat for Chicago is damaging winds, Lincoln said: There could be wind gusts up to 70-80 mph in the strongest storms.

There’s also a limited threat for a “brief tornado,” Lincoln said.

“Not a zero threat; it is a possibility,” Lincoln said.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook that warns the heavy rain could result in flooding.

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