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Hail As Big As Quarters Could Hit Chicago Starting ... Now

DOWNTOWN — A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Chicago.

The warning is is in effect in Chicago and the surrounding area until 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. Storms with winds up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail are expected to hit all of Chicago, including Downtown.

Hail damage to cars was expected, according to the National Weather Service, and wind was expected to damage roofs, siding and trees.

A thunderstorm watch is also in effect, with the watch set to last until 8 p.m. The Chicagoland area could face scattered hail as big as pingpong balls, wind gusts up to 70 mph and frequent lightning during the watch, according to the National Weather Service.

The Chicago Fire Department warned of hail and wind:

The National Weather Service said neighborhoods throughout the city are expected to be impacted by storms.

Severe weather has already has hit parts of Illinois, with hail as big as quarters coming in northwest suburban Belvidere: