Severe thunderstorms bringing ping-pong ball-sized hail moved through Lake and McHenry counties Tuesday afternoon and meteorologists say more storms are possible in the evening.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a hazardous weather outlook Tuesday morning.
The outlook included Lake, McHenry, Winnebago, Cook, Will, Boone, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, Livingston, Iroquois and Ford counties.
The NWS later issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for the Chicago area, including Lake and McHenry counties.
A large cluster of storms tracked eastward through northern Illinois Tuesday morning, the weather service said.
There were reports of destructive winds in excess of 75 mph and very large hail, over two inches, in the Davenport, Iowa area.
The NWS warned that a few storms could be severe in the northern Illinois area with a main threat of damaging hail capable of denting cars, roofs and siding.
The weather service said a severe thunderstorm was located on radar near Harvard around 2:10 p.m. moving northeast at 50 mph.
Residents in Lake County reported ping-pong ball-sized hail, which is around an inch and a half, had fallen during the storm.
The NWS said around 2:45 p.m. that the storms were clearing northern Illinois and the severe threat had ended.
“However, we continue to assess severe potential for later, after 6 pm. Remain weather aware!” the weather service said.