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Will County sees rain, hail, wind damage throughout Thursday

Route 126 east of Lockport Street was closed in Plainfield due to flooding Thursday.
Route 126 east of Lockport Street was closed in Plainfield due to flooding Thursday.

Will County residents saw a significant round of rain and even hail and wind damage throughout Thursday afternoon and well into the night.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area before the rain began to fall.

Meteorologist Eric Lenning of the National Weather Service in Romeoville said several areas in northern Illinois received over an inch of rain Thursday.

There also were several reports of wind and hail throughout the afternoon across the area as the storm systems made their way through Will County.

In the evening starting about 9 p.m. and going past 1 a.m., there were multiple rounds of hail as well throughout the area, Lenning said. Some large hail was spotted in Plainfield early in the afternoon and some trees were uprooted and power lines down in New Lenox.

Lenning said they were monitoring some potential tornado activity west of Will County out toward Sandwich. He said they saw a photo of a “scary looking” cloud and issued a tornado warning but even if there was a tornado, it did not make its way west.

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