Tornado watch in effect until 10:00 p.m. CDT for parts of the metro area – includes Cook Co.


Update 7:41 p.m.…

TORNADO WATCH 163, PREVIOUSLY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS
EVENING, IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS

LIVINGSTON

IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

FORD                  IROQUOIS

IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS

COOK                  DUPAGE                KANKAKEE
WILL

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF BOLINGBROOK, BOURBONNAIS,
CAROL STREAM, CHICAGO, DOWNERS GROVE, DWIGHT, EVANSTON, FAIRBURY,
GIBSON CITY, GILMAN, JOLIET, KANKAKEE, LEMONT, LOMBARD,
NAPERVILLE, OAK LAWN, ORLAND PARK, PARK FOREST, PAXTON, PONTIAC,
SCHAUMBURG, WATSEKA, WHEATON, AND WILMINGTON.
________________________________________________________________

Update 7:12 p.m.…
PARTS OF THE WATCH HAVE BEEN CANCELED –

ORNADO WATCH 163 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 11 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS

LIVINGSTON

IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

FORD                  IROQUOIS

IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS

COOK                  DUPAGE                GRUNDY
KANE                  KANKAKEE              KENDALL
MCHENRY               WILL

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALGONQUIN, AURORA, BOLINGBROOK,
BOURBONNAIS, CAROL STREAM, CHICAGO, COAL CITY, CRYSTAL LAKE,
DOWNERS GROVE, DWIGHT, ELGIN, EVANSTON, FAIRBURY, GIBSON CITY,
GILMAN, JOLIET, KANKAKEE, LEMONT, LOMBARD, MCHENRY, MINOOKA,
MORRIS, NAPERVILLE, OAK LAWN, ORLAND PARK, OSWEGO, PARK FOREST,
PAXTON, PLANO, PONTIAC, SCHAUMBURG, WATSEKA, WHEATON, WILMINGTON,
WOODSTOCK, AND YORKVILLE.
Preview of Tornado Watch #163 in effect until 8:00 PM CDT.
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     Northern and Central Illinois
     Southern Wisconsin

   * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 145 PM until
     800 PM CDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A few tornadoes likely
     Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter likely
     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

   SUMMARY...Thunderstorms are expected to intensify over northwest
   Illinois this afternoon and track northeastward across the watch
   area.  Supercells and bowing structures are possible, with a risk of
   damaging winds, hail, and a few tornadoes.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles
   east and west of a line from 40 miles northwest of Janesville WI to
   25 miles east of Salem IL. For a complete depiction of the watch see
   the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
   tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
   area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
   threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
   and possible warnings.

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