‘Small trees, large branches down’ from earlier round of storms; chance for more ‘well south’ of Chicago, Weather Service says

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Damage reports from the west suburbs included “small trees, large branches down” during the first round of storms that rolled through the Chicago metro area earlier in the afternoon Monday, and potential for round two is stirring “well south” of the city, according to the National Weather Service Chicago.

It’s unclear how potent the redeveloping storms along and south of Interstate 80 for the evening will be, said Matt Friedlin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Chicago, but they look to be starting after 6 p.m. The storms will be at least 100 miles south of the metro area, said meteorologist Gino Izzo.

“The potential is there for more thunderstorms,” he said. “Some storms could be gusty if they do redevelop, getting back up to 60 mph.”

Lows Monday night will be in the mid-60s, Friedlin said, and the high Tuesday will be in the upper 70s with less humid conditions than Monday. The rest of the week should be dry through Labor Day, he said, with highs in the low to mid-80s.

The first round of storms went through the Chicago metro area between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friedlin said, resulting in scattered damage across the area. Gusts were around 60 mph.

The extent of the wind damage was some fallen smaller trees and larger branches, Friedlin said, mostly from the west suburbs, such as Elgin, eastward along the Interstate 90 corridor and along the lakefront on the North Side toward around Evanston.

By mid-to-late afternoon, the sun has come out in the metro area for the most part with humid conditions.