A tornado watch is in effect for most of the Chicago area Saturday, with the possibility of severe weather looming in the forecast.
Thunderstorms begin to develop near Pontiac and Streator, moving northeast at 40 miles per hour.
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Tornado Watch issued for most of the Chicago, Northern Illinois area
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of the Chicago area.
The watch includes 16 Illinois counties, eight of which are in NBC viewing area 5. McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee counties are all in the watch, which will continue until ‘at 20 hours.
Severe thunderstorms are possible throughout Illinois and northwestern Indiana Saturday afternoon and into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of these storms could potentially bring damaging straight-line winds, hail, heavy rain, and even isolated tornadoes.
Chicago-area residents urged to delay showers and laundry before inclement weather
Chicago-area officials are asking residents to delay taking showers or washing dishes to allow room in the area’s sewage system before Saturday’s potential inclement weather.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago issued an “overflow prevention alert” on Saturday ahead of a series of downpours and thunderstorms expected to hit the area.
The alert is designed to help maintain enough space in the area’s sewage system, with extra water expected to end up in the sewer due to inclement weather.