A thunderstorm producing golf ball-size hail is moving through McHenry County and a severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for Lake County as the storm continues to move.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said a broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms developed Tuesday and moved into northern Illinois.
“Damaging winds will be the primary threat for our area this afternoon, but large hail has already occurred in southern Wisconsin and may also occur in some spots in northern Illinois through the mid-afternoon,” the NWS said Tuesday morning.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for Lake and McHenry counties until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The NWS said severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Antioch to McHenry to near Marengo moving east at 60 mph.
NWS Chicago said on Twitter that they received multiple reports of quarter to golf-ball-size hail with the storm in McHenry County. 60 mph winds were also reported.
“People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” the NWS said in the warning to residents.
The storm moved from southeastern McHenry County to northeastern McHenry County and is now moving into Lake County.
A special marine warning was issued for Lake Michigan near Lake County and northern Cook County informing those on the water to seek safe harbor from the storm.