Afternoon thunderstorms bring a possible threat of a tornado

Storms and damaging winds up to 60 mph could hit around 4 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Rain is in the forecast for Monday.

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Thunderstorms are expected to push through the Chicago area Monday afternoon, bringing the threat of damaging winds, large hail and possibly a tornado.

The storms, with winds up to 60 mph, could hit around 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. “While not the primary hazard, a brief tornado cannot be ruled out,” the weather service said in an advisory.

Following a weekend of temperatures in the 80s, the storms will bring a cold front Monday evening and temperatures will drop from a high of around 74 degrees at 5 p.m. into the lower 50s overnight.

The brunt of the storms was expected between 7 and 9 p.m. Monday, forecasters said. Rain totals could be between a quarter and half of an inch.

A chance of rain continues through Tuesday, with an expected high of 58 degrees.

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