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LIVE: Severe Storms Unfolding Across Portions of the Plains and Midwest

Severe thunderstorms, bringing the threat of large hail, flooding downpours and damaging winds are developing over portions of the northern Plains and Midwest. Meteorologist Brian Edwards said there are two areas of concern for severe weather into tonight.

"The first of which will be across Illinois and northeast Missouri from the Chicago area to the northern suburbs of St. Louis," he said. "Storms will continue to fire across this region into the evening hours, producing a threat for damaging wind gusts to 70 mph and large, damaging hail."

The second area of concern is located across the High Plains from Nebraska through western Minnesota with an enhanced threat for damaging wind gusts and large, destructive hail. Edwards added that hailstones could reach the size of baseballs in parts of the Dakotas and Nebraska.

UPDATES: (All times are listed in Central time)

6:29 p.m. CDT Saturday: Due to thunderstorms in the area, ground stops are in effect at Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.

6:27 p.m. CDT Saturday:

6:21 p.m. CDT Saturday:

5:58 p.m. CDT Saturday:

5:47 p.m. CDT Saturday:

5:43 p.m. CDT Saturday:

5:27 p.m. CDT Saturday: Golf ball-sized hail near Horace, Kansas, law enforcement reports.

5:14 p.m. CDT Saturday:

5:13 p.m. CDT Saturday: NWS spotter reports 2.7 inches of rain has fallen near Versailles, IL in the past hour and a half.

5:06 p.m. CDT Saturday: Wind gusts up to 70 mph recorded in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, reports NWS spotter.

4:47 p.m. CDT Saturday:

4:44 p.m. CDT Saturday Possible tornado headed into the northern suburbs of Chicago, said Meteorologist Brian Edwards. Reports of trees down around Round Lake Beach.

3:56 p.m. CDT Saturday: Winds gusts up to 52 mph recorded near Deer Creek, Illinois.

3:47 p.m. CDT Saturday: Golf ball-sized hail in Astoria, Illinois reports emergency management.