SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Severe Weather Appears to be Passing Just Northwest of Arlington Heights

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UPDATE: A house fire, possibly caused by a lightning strike in Wauconda, was reported about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. Also a house fire, possibly caused by a lightning strike in Volo was reported just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH was issued at 5:55 p.m. for Cook County and several other counties in northern Illinois. The SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect until 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

At 5:30 p.m. the most severe radar image extends from Lake Zurich to just west of South Elgin and Campton Hills. The severe weather nearest Arlington Heights is likely to hit western Hoffman Estates, western Palatine, Hawthorne Woods, western Long Grove. The west side of the storm extends as far as Woodstock. The storm is traveling southwest to northeast about 26 mph.


At 5:40 p.m. additional storms are forming near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 39, southwest of Aurora, Illinois and near Ottawa, Illinois. Additional storms could bring severe weather to Arlington Heights as earlier 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. These storms are not part of the current warning referred to in this post.

AT 522 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR WEST DUNDEE…OR NEAR SLEEPY HOLLOW…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
ALGONQUIN AROUND 535 PM CDT.
BARRINGTON AROUND 545 PM CDT.
OAKWOOD HILLS AROUND 550 PM CDT.
TOWER LAKES…ISLAND LAKE…LAKE ZURICH AND KILDEER AROUND 555 PM
CDT. WAUCONDA…HAWTHORN WOODS AND FOREST LAKE AROUND 600 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE SOUTH BARRINGTON…BARRINGTON HILLS…CARY…FOX RIVER GROVE…DEER PARK…
FOX RIVER VALLEY GARDENS…LAKE BARRINGTON AND NORTH BARRINGTON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER HOUR…LARGE HAIL…DEADLY LIGHTNING…AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.


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