DeKalb County was under several severe weather warnings Thursday afternoon as a thunderstorm moved through the area beginning with a severe thunderstorm warning at 3 p.m. until a tornado warning was canceled about 5 p.m.
Stephen Rodriguez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Romeoville, said that the service was monitoring the storm and saw that the storm appeared to have some rotation to it. He said there was a strong possibility that the storm could produce a tornado in the near term, prompting the warning.
“It’s a dangerous storm and a serious situation,” he said. He wanted people to insure they had multiple ways of receiving warnings for the severe weather.
The National Weather Service had originally issued a tornado warning for portions of DeKalb County until 4:15 p.m., then re-issued one that was to expire at 5 p.m., but was canceled at 4:39 p.m.
According to that alert, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located in Waterman and headed east, with Hinckley, Cortland, Elburn and Big Rock warned specifically as areas the storm was heading through.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said they had not received any reports as of 5:45 p.m. of damage related to the storm.
Source: The Daily Chronicle