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Will County sees rain and hail during night of severe weather across region

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 8:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 10:51 p.m. CDT
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Lightning strikes behind the University of St. Francis on Tuesday in Joliet.
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The Seneca Fire District and LaSalle County deputies block roads and control traffic to keep drivers from driving where downed electrical wires were on the roadway.

Rain and hail fell and winds blew Tuesday night in Will County.

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Romeoville said at 7 p.m. that definitive rain totals wouldn’t be available until Wednesday morning, but that there were reports of hail in the Joliet area and some wind damage reported in Crest Hill.

According to spotter reports on the National Weather Service website, there were 5 inches of flowing water near Pilcher Park in Joliet, in an area that normally floods. Twelve inches of standing water were reported at Route 30 and Briggs Street in New Lenox. On South Lily Cache Road in Plainfield, 1.25-inch hail was reported. At Larkin Avenue and Black Road in Joliet, 1-inch hail was reported.

Will County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Tom Budde said there had been very few reports of damage. There was a portable shed or silo down in Manhattan Township, but there was minimal other damage throughout the county as of 7:10 p.m., he said.

A flood advisory was issued for Will and Grundy counties until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service

Route 53 was shut down about 6:30 p.m. in Crest Hill at the viaduct by Caton Farm Road due to flooding, according to the Will County Emergency Management Agency.

Grundy County dodges tornado

Despite several tornado and thunderstorm warnings Tuesday night, as of press time there were no confirmed tornadoes in Grundy County.

A spokesperson from the National Weather Service in Romeoville said the only confirmed tornado was in Ottawa, despite reported sightings in and near Marseilles, Seneca, and Naplate.

A tornado watch was in effect for both Will and Grundy counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes said he witnessed a tornado on the ground 1 mile east of the Marseilles exit between Interstate 80 and Route 6.

"It caused some damage there in LaSalle County and then jumped north at the Seneca exit and dissipated," he said.

Steffes said no major damage was reported Tuesday night in Grundy County.

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