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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Chicago, surrounding areas

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued late Monday morning for the city and surrounding counties.

Several counties are affected by the watch, including Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane in Illinois, and Lake, Porter, Jasper, Newton and LaPorte counties in Indiana.

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The watch went into effect at 11:45 a.m. and is expected to last until 6 p.m., the National Weather Service said. There is a “slight chance” of rain continuing from 7-10 p.m. after watch expires.

A separate hazardous weather outlook was issued for Kane and Lake counties, as well as parts of northwest Indiana.

Those areas could see isolated to scattered thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning, 60 mph wind gusts and some localized flooding through the afternoon, the weather service said.

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