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Chicago bracing for a round of more potentially severe weather

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Another storm system has been raking across the Midwest, and has crossed the Mississippi River and headed northeast into Illinois and toward Chicago.

Chicago was already inundated with rain earlier on Wednesday, with heavy rains, lightning and localized flooding. The rain continued for much of the day and then tapered off in the late afternoon. Now, however, the already swollen rivers are expected to become flood threats as another round of intense storms heads toward the Windy City.

According to Chicago media reports, there are also tornado watches in effect for suburbs south of Chicago. These include the counties of DeKalb, Lee, LaSalle, Grundy, Will and Kankakee. Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana are also under a tornado watches until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service has also cautioned people that the storms could produce high and damaging winds, intense rain, hail and dangerous lightning. Rivers that have already been swollen due to the heavy rains as of late are also running the risk of overflowing their banks. Residents along the local rivers have been warned.

Earlier in the day there were other tornado watches. The tornado watch that had been in effect for Kankakee County until early afternoon has been allowed to expire. There were reports that a storm spotter saw a funnel cloud about 100 miles south of Chicago at about 9 a.m.

The weather forecast for the Chicago area is calling for the rain to continue through Wednesday night and into Thursday. The rain is likely to continue throughout the day on Thursday. The sun is predicted to return on Friday.

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