Strong, gusty thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday morning -- and some of the storms contained hail, according to ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler. There should be a break around lunchtime, but expect another round tonight -- with more rain and possibly thunderstorms likely into Thursday.
Additional storms could bring small hail, lightning, heavy downpours and gusty winds.
One to two inches of rain is possible by the time it's all over on Thursday, Butler said.
Flood Watch for Des Plaines River
A flood watch was issued for the Des Plaines River near Russell from Thursday evening until Sunday morning. As of Wednesday at 5:15 a.m., the stage was at 5.3 feet. With projected precipitation, the Des Plaines River could hit flood stage at 7.0 feet by Thursday evening.