Tornado watch issued for parts of Chicago area as severe weather threat looms – NBC Chicago

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a group of Chicago-area counties, with scattered wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour possible.

The watch includes McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle and Kendall counties, and will extend until midnight, according to NWS officials.

Tornadoes could form with strong to severe thunderstorms expected to hit the area, but the storms could also generate wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour, according to weather officials.

The rest of the area remains at an “increased” risk of severe weather, with the main threats being isolated tornadoes and gusty winds.

Stay tuned to the NBC 5 Storm Team for all the developing details.