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Rotation reported in severe weather Tuesday evening in Joliet area

JOLIET – Severe weather blew through the Joliet area Tuesday evening, with radar and trained weather spotters noting rotation in the clouds but no reported touchdowns of a tornado.

At 7:15 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northwest Will County after a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Joliet.

The National Weather Service said a long-lived rotating wall cloud was spotted in Will County, and there were a few reports of funnel clouds, but no confirmed reports of a tornado touchdown the service was aware of as of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The tornado warning was called off a few minutes shy of its 7:45 p.m. expiration time.

The Joliet Fire Department said while the sirens did go off, as of 7:30 p.m. there were no calls for storm-related damage. The weather service said it had received few phone calls about damage. It did note that wind gusts got up to 60 mph in Gardner in Grundy County, and there were reports of flooding in the area.

Other warnings were issued Tuesday night for Will and Grundy counties, including a tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood watch. Thunderstorms are also possible Wednesday and could be severe, according to the service.

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