Storm system brings damaging winds to Chicago area; tornado warning issued

CHICAGO (CBS)— The chances of severe weather from a storm system approaching the Chicago area Tuesday night have decreased, but the system has still brought strong, damaging winds.

Winds up to 60 to 70 mph were reported west of Chicago Tuesday night. The winds knocked down trees in the area.

A total of 11,000 ComEd customers were without power as a result of the storms.

A tornado watch remained in effect until midnight for several Illinois counties Tuesday night.


They include DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, McHenry and Ottawa. Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph were reported in Kane County Tuesday night.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for Ogle and Lee counties, just west of the CBS 2 viewing area, until 9:15 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for portions of Lafayette and Green counties in southern Wisconsin, northwest of the CBS 2 viewing area, until 8:30 p.m.


Storm chances will last until 1 a.m.


Storm chances are expected to decrease after midnight.

Drier conditions are expected on Wednesday and Thursday, but an active pattern returns on Friday with chances for strong to severe storms.

Chances of additional rain are also forecast for Sunday and Monday.

TONIGHT: Storms likely. Some will be severe, with damaging winds and tornadoes. Under 60.

WEDNESDAY: A mix of clouds and sun. High 76.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and very pretty. Light winds and low humidity. High 83.