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Tornado watch issued for Northern Illinois

More rain and some severe storms capable of producing damaging winds or tornadoes may be on their way in northern Illinois

A tornado watch was issued until 10 p.m. for the majority of Northern Illinois, including McHenry, Lake, Will, Kane, DuPage, Cook, DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, La Salle, Bureau. Putnam, Lee and Whiteside counties, among others.

Four to five inches of rain has fallen in some spots Monday, leading to localized minor flooding of streets, fields and ditches in portions of McHenry and Boone counties.

A seve storm warning was issued after 3 p.m. in the Rockford area, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

Storms may develop this evening, bringing the possibility of additional rainfall, damaging winds, hail and a tornado.

A flood advisory has been issued for McHenry County. A flood advisory means minor flooding along waterways and other poor drainage areas is imminent or may occur. Persons in the advisory area should use caution and avoid flood waters. Turn around in a vehicle when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, the National Weather Service said.

Tuesday’s forecast is expected to bring some relief in the form of sun, but high temperatures are expected to climb above 90 and the air will remain humid.

Monday’s storms come on the eve of the one-year anniversary of a derecho that brought widespread damage across northern Illinois in 2020.

Cars travel along Route 47 as rain pours down on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Huntley.

Cars travel along Route 47 as rain pours down on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Huntley.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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