National Weather Service meteorologists predicted Will County area residents could experience some extreme weather Thursday.
The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook Thursday morning, warning that those in northeastern Illinois had an elevated thunderstorm risk and elevated damaging wind risk, with winds gusting up to 60 mph.
There is also a limited risk of up to nickel-sized hail and tornadoes.
Forty to 45 mph winds are predicted, mainly south of Interstate 80, Thursday afternoon and evening.
More widespread thunderstorms are expected to develop across northwest and north central Illinois late Thursday afternoon and move across northeastern Illinois into the evening.
Scattered severe weather from the storms is possible, with the primary threat being strong winds. But tornadoes are possible, the service said.