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Rain clouds loom over the Chicago skyline on April 12, 2024. Credit: Colin Boyle/Ecoglobalsociety

CHICAGO — Storms set to hit Chicago Tuesday night could bring damaging winds and even the chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

A line of “severe” thunderstorms will move into the area after 8 p.m. Tuesday with the chance of including “destructive” winds of over 75 mph, the National Weather Service's local office said in a tweet.

Tornadoes could also reach the area because of the storm. Only the western part of Illinois is under a tornado watch, and the storm may weaken as it moves from west to east, the weather service said. Hail may also be seen in some areas Tuesday.

The storms should clear out of the area by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the weather service said.

The storms come after an unseasonably warm Tuesday that was forecast to be one of the hottest in city history. Storms also rolled through Chicago Monday afternoon.

Temperatures will cool down slightly after Tuesday, with highs in the low 80s forecast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

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