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Tornado watch expires: National Weather Service

Through DeKalb County sheriff's deputy Grant Erickson's windshield, a bolt of lightning can be seen looking down Somonauk Road from Perry Road Monday evening, around 6:30 p.m. while the severe weather hit the county on June 30, 2014.
Through DeKalb County sheriff's deputy Grant Erickson's windshield, a bolt of lightning can be seen looking down Somonauk Road from Perry Road Monday evening, around 6:30 p.m. while the severe weather hit the county on June 30, 2014.

A tornado watch that was initiated Thursday in counties across central and northern Illinois has expired, according to the National Weather Service.

The watch was set to be in effect until 5 p.m., but expired by 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

The following counties were affected:

Boone, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, McHenry, McLean, Piatt, Vermilion and Will.

The service issued a hazardous weather outlook just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, warning of an elevated risk of quarter-size hail, winds up to 60 mph and tornadoes.

Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected ahead a strong cold front.

"There is a risk for tornadoes, damaging winds and hail with the most intense thunderstorms, with the higher threat over the Chicago metro along and east of Interstate 55," the warning said.

Metra announced on Twitter that inbound and outbound train movement has been halted on the Union Pacific Northwest line. Trains have since resumed service.

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