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Updated: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect for Evergreen Park

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Evergreen Park and the surrounding Chicago area until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Updated at 2:55 p.m.

As gusty winds may cause small branches and loose objects to blow around, the NWS urges residents to seek shelter in a sturdy structure until the storm has passed.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that its doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm near Crestwood, moving east at 20 miles per hour. Winds up to 50 miles per hour are possible with this storm.

The storm may effect nearby towns including, Worth, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills, Orland Park, Hickory Hills, Tinley Park, Willow Springs, Crestwood and Oak Forest.

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As the village continues to face high temperatures, a cool-down could come in the form of thunderstorms this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Evergreen Park and surrounding Chicago area towns until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

There's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day. Through the day, the weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast winds will be around 10 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 15 mph. This evening, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7 p.m.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the area, in effect through this evening. Heat indices around 105 degrees are expected to mix with afternoon thunderstorms with wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour. 

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Need a place to stay cool?

, 3450 W 97th St, is serving as the village's cooling center until the temperature cools down. Residents may visit between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. this week.

Additionally, residents are welcome to visit the , 9400 S. Troy Ave.

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Ozzy July 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The power grid section I am on blows. This is the second time the power went out with no storms anywhere around. In fact it goes out 3 to 4 times ore often than the grid the people across the street are on. It was nice to have two cell pass though, onle about 21:45 and the other aroind 01:10.

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