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Chicago Weather: Significant risk of severe weather in area, including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail

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There is a significant risk of severe weather in the Chicago area Saturday afternoon, including possible thunderstorms, hail and even tornadoes.

Chicago's western suburbs have the highest risk, but there is also some risk in the city, ABC 7 Chicago Meteorologist Greg Dutra said. The worst storms should roll through the area from 2 to 6 p.m.

Our AccuWeather meteorologists expect scattered and severe thunderstorms, some with tornadoes, will cross parts of eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin from midday Saturday through the afternoon.

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Thunderstorms with very large hail and severe wind will affect parts of the northern and southern Great Plains.

Saturday's projected severe weather comes after much of the area saw significant flooding last weekend.

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That flooding was pervasive, shutting off power at Chicago's Willis Tower and causing suburban residents to dry out their basements.

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Chicago has seen 8.3 inches of rain so far in May, breaking the May record set last year of 8.25 inches of rain.

This is a developing story; check back with ABC 7 Chicago for updates.


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