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Stronger storms to hit Chicago Thursday evening; risk of ping-pong ball-size hail in south burbs

Thunderstorms will continue throughout the day, but the strongest storms could hit Chicago between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Severe storms expected in the Chicago area, according to the National Weather Service.
The storms could bring wind gusts up to 70 mph on May 14, 2020, according to the National Weather Service.
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Another round of even stronger thunderstorms is expected to hit the Chicago area Thursday evening, bringing a risk of large hail, damaging winds and flooding.

Thunderstorms will continue throughout the day, but the strongest storms could hit Chicago between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., the National Weather Service said in its forecast.

Storms south of I-80 could bring wind gusts up to 70 mph, hail as large as ping-pong balls, rainfall over 3 inches and possible flooding, the weather service said.

“In addition to the risk for severe weather, some of the thunderstorms will produce torrential downpours,” the weather service said. “If thunderstorms repeatedly develop and move over the same area this evening, localized flash flooding is likely with isolated rainfall totals in excess of 3 inches possible.”

Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s for inland areas, the weather service said. Temperatures near the lakeshore could reach the mid-60s.

The weekend could see consistent high temperatures in the mid-60s, and a possible thunderstorm Sunday, the weather service said.