The National Weather Service a severe thunderstorm moved through parts of the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon, packing 60 mph winds and torrenrial rain blew through the area.
The storm also included quarter-size hail in some areas. A thunderstorm warning that had been put in effect until 3:15 p.m. for Chicago was cancelled early, but a thunderstorm watch remained in effect for all of northern Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and Indiana until 8 p.m.
The Chicago Fire Department was called to help people who were stuck on a scaffold on a high-rise at Van Buren and Green streets Wednesday afternoon during the storm, accordig to the department. The workers were able to make it down safely.
Another storm that developed over Gurnee prompted a warning for northeast McHenry County and Lake County, Illinois, until 3:15 p.m.
Storms that hit the Woodstock area before 1:45 p.m. downed trees near Woodstock and Wonder Lake, blocking some roads, according to the weather service. Hail of 1.25 inch diameter was reported in Belvidere, which also had standing water of about a foot in some areas.
Chicago residents should expect scattered thunderstorms throughout the day, and there is a possibility of winds reaching 60 mph and about 1-inch hail, the weather said.
People are advised to stay indoors if they hear thunder and to watch the weather channel or listen for weather updates on the radio.
For updates, check the Tribune’s weather page.