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Worst of storms over for now but could crop up again Tuesday afternoon

After waves of severe thunderstorms and torrential rain lashed the Chicago area Monday night, the worst of it appears to be over — for now.

The National Weather Service canceled a severe thunderstorm warning in northern Illinois about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. But not before golf-ball sized hail and rain overflowed storm drains and submerged parts of some roadways, officials said.

The extreme weather could return Tuesday afternoon and evening, as thunderstorms head east from Iowa, according to the weather service.

Meanwhile, the storms that drenched Chicago on Monday night are working their way across northern Indiana.

An exact rainfall amount was not available as of 1 a.m. Expressway travel was not seriously hampered by the rain, according to Illinois State Police.

“At this point there’s nothing that’s impeding traffic. A little standing water, but nothing major,” Master Sgt. Rodney Collins said.

A flash-flood warning remains in effect for the eastern portion of Cook County and northwestern Lake County, according to the weather service.

Downstate areas also were under a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch as the storms moved though central Illinois.

Before the storm, forecasters warned that strong winds could damage roofs, siding and trees in these areas, the weather service said.

The same wave of storms rained quarter-size hail on residents of Marseilles in LaSalle County, National Weather Center Meterologist Andrew Krein said.

Forecasters say residents should pay attention to local weather reports and avoid driving if possible when storm conditions reduce visibilities on area roads.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton



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