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CHICAGO (CBS) — Severe weather swept into the Chicago area on Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and tornado warnings right to the center of the city.
1:37 p.m.: Heavy rain fell rapidly in the Chicago area with 2 to 3 inches all at once during the severe storms, CBS 2 Meteorologist Robb Ellis reported.
1:32 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued until 2 p.m. for far southeast Cook and northeast Will counties and northern Lake County, Indiana. CBS 2 Meteorologist Robb Ellis reports there is come concern about rotation over Northwest Indiana, but no tornado warning has been issued.
1:01 p.m.: Video shows rain coming down in buckets at Artesian and Wabansia avenues in Bucktown.
12:58 p.m.: Following the heavy rain, police warned people to be cautious around viaducts. There were also reports of flooded basements in the city.
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) June 26, 2021
12:34 p.m.: The drenching rain from the storms brought street flooding to Bucktown early Saturday afternoon.
12:33 p.m.: CBS 2 Meteorologist Tammie Souza has pinpointed another storm of interest in the south suburbs near Harvey.
— Tammie Souza Weather (@TammieSouza) June 26, 2021
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Will County, southeastern Cook County, and northwestern Lake County, Indiana.
12:31 p.m.: A flash flood warning has also been issued for parts of the eastern Cook, central DuPage, and northwest Will County until 6:15 p.m.
12:11 a.m.: Emergency warning sirens were heard in Grant Park amid the tornado warning.
We have tornado sirens in the middle of downtown Chicago in Grant Park.
Get to safety, find internal rooms or basements. Take these things seriously! pic.twitter.com/bfA6T749Nj
— Rylie, legally (@darkpanictwitch) June 26, 2021
11:49 a.m.: A tornado warning was issued for parts of the City of Chicago until 12:15 p.m.
— Patrick Williams (@PatrickWi1liams) June 26, 2021
The National Weather Service reported that at 11:49 a.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was spotted over East Garfield Park and West Town.
View of downtown Chicago. Rotation area captured in this view passing over the immediate north side of the Loop out over Lake MI. Still some rotating cells behind this one though. Get inside, away from windows, and if you can as low as you can. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/TdVdWcRvxr
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 26, 2021
The system moved northeast toward Lakeview, Uptown and Edgewater. The NWS reported the rotation moved out over the northern part of the Loop area.
A separate tornado warning was issued for southwest Will County just to the south and east of Joliet until noon, and a third was issued for southern Grundy County and Livingston County until 12:30 p.m.
Ellis reported the Grundy County storm system had the most severe rotation and was the most dangerous of the systems.
Source: CBS Chicago