Severe thunderstorm warning issued for much of the Chicago area until 12:45 a.m. – NBC Chicago

UPDATE: At 12:32 a.m., the warning for eastern Lake and East Cook counties was withdrawn.

UPDATE: At 12:16 a.m., the warning for central Will and eastern DuPage counties was canceled.

UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Lake County (IL), Will County, DuPage County and Cook County until 12:45 PM

According to the National Weather Service, a line of thunderstorms moving east at 55 mph is approaching the region, originating from Marengo to Batavia.

Wind gusts of 77 mph were recorded at DuPage Airport in western Chicago as storms swept through the western suburbs.

The following communities may be affected:

  • Chicago
  • Aurora
  • Joliet
  • Naperville
  • Elgin
  • waukegan
  • Cicero
  • Hammond, IN
  • Arlington Heights
  • Evanston
  • Schaumburg
  • Bolingbrook
  • Palatine Hill
  • skokie
  • Des Plaines
  • Orlando Park
  • Tinley Park
  • Oak lawn
  • Berwyn
  • Mount Prospect

More info from NBC’s Storm Team 5 can be found here.

Read the previous story below:

A gusty Saturday is set for the Chicago area this weekend, as a high wind warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday night.

After a week of seasonally cool temperatures, a cold front headed toward the Chicago area is poised to lower temperatures for the remainder of the weekend.

Saturday is expected to start a little rainy, with a shower expected in the Chicago area around 10 a.m.

While showers and occasional rumbles from afternoon thunderstorms are predicted to subside, high winds in the Chicago area are likely to persist.

Temperatures in the mid-60s are predicted to peak earlier in the day, with temperatures dropping in the afternoon and evening, finally reaching the mid-40s.

Clocks officially fall back on Sunday morning, when high temperatures make their way back into the low 60s, with a predicted low in the low 40s.

Mild temperatures are currently forecast for much of next week as temperatures at the beginning of the week are expected to peak in the 50s, before a warm-up on Wednesday and Thursday, which could allow temperatures to climb back to the highs. 60’s.

In addition, in preparation for the predicted high winds for Saturday, ComEd will open their emergency operations center in preparation for possible power outages.

So far, ComEd has reported approximately 5,200 outages in Cook County, 1,800 outages in Will County, and 877 outages in DuPage County.

According to ComEd, in the event of a failure, power will first be restored to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, police and fire stations and nursing homes.

ComEd asks anyone who sees a failed power line to contact them immediately at 1-800-334-7661, and asks all customers to avoid approaching a failed power line.

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