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Chicago Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect in northwest Indiana after large hail, strong winds hit Chicago area

CHICAGO (WLS) — Strong winds, large hail and heavy rains battered the Chicago area Saturday.

Porter County in northwestern Indiana remains under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 6 p.m., with winds up to 70 mph possible. Meanwhile, Will, Cook and Kankakee counties are cleaning up following damage from heavy rainfall that hit the area late Saturday afternoon.

Chicago faced the threat of “ping pong size hail” and strong winds. But the storm has since passed, bringing a rainbow after the rain cleared.

In Joliet, residents began cleaning up neighborhoods early Saturday evening following power outages and flooding due to heavy rainfall.

Just east of Peoria in Eureka, heavy rain flooded roads.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. for Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties in Illinois; Benton, Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter counties in Indiana. It was issued just after 12:30 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Illinois’ Cook County and Indiana’s Lake County until 10:45 p.m. due to heavy rainfall.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Will County and part of Cook County from around 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Residents in New Lenox, Frankfort, Fernway, Mokena, Homer Glen, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Sunny Crest and Homewood were asked to take cover, according to ABC 7 Chicago Meteorologist Larry Mowry.

ABC 7 Chicago’s AccuWeather meteorologists predicted scattered and severe thunderstorms, some with tornadoes, would cross parts of eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin from midday Saturday through the afternoon.

RELATED: Get the latest AccuWeather reports from ABC 7 Chicago

Thunderstorms with very large hail and severe wind will affect parts of the northern and southern Great Plains.

Saturday’s projected severe weather comes after much of the area saw significant flooding last weekend.

RELATED: Chicago Weather: High water levels continue to plague Willis Tower; close roads in city, suburbs

That flooding was pervasive, shutting off power at Chicago’s Willis Tower and causing suburban residents to dry out their basements.

WATCH: Suburban residents waiting for flood waters to recede

Chicago has seen 8.3 inches of rain so far in May, breaking the May record set last year of 8.25 inches of rain.

This is a developing story; check back with ABC 7 Chicago for updates.

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Source: ABC7 Chicago

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