A tornado was reported in Kankakee County this morning, causing damage to buildings, trees and silos in rural Pembroke Township.
The twister hit near S14000E and E5000S Roads and damaged silos, trees and roofs of several buildings, said Pembroke Fire Protection District Chief Mark Baines. No major injuries were reported.
Possible tornados were also reported in parts of Northwest Indiana as heavy storms with hail moved through the area this morning.
The National Weather Service earlier had issued a hazardous weather outlook for severe thunderstorms accompanied by damaging winds. A tornado watch was in effect for Kendall and Will counties and points south until 1 p.m.
At O'Hare International Airport about 550 flights had been canceled as of 10:30 a.m. due to rain and low visibility, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. There were delays of up to three hour. Midway Airport was experiencing delays of 45 minutes or more and a few cancellations.
Heavy rain with hail was reported in the south suburbs. A home was hit by lightning in DeKalb.
The hazardous weather outlook covered Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Livingston, Iroquois, and Ford counties. Also included were Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton counties in Northwest Indiana.
The tornado watch area includes Joliet, Kankakee, Pontiac and Bloomington.
The strongest thunderstorms may produce nickel-size hail, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, wind gusts of more than 60 mph and perhaps an isolated tornado, the weather service said.
The main threats are damaging winds and hail, the service said.
A second wave of storms was expected to redevelop this afternoon and continue through tonight southwest to northeast across the warning area, mainly south of the Wisconsin state line.
Today's high temperature will be near 70.
Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday morning.
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