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Chicago Actress Dies After Severe Storms Hit Chicago, Topple Trees

A complex of severe thunderstorms had deadly results in the Chicago area Friday when actress Molly Glynn, 46, was killed by a falling tree.

According to reports, Glynn and her husband were out bike riding when the storm picked up suddenly on Friday. While trying to ride to safety, Glynn was hit by a falling tree.

Her most notable television role was that of a doctor on the show Chicago Fire. She was also heavily involved in Chicago-based theater productions.

She was taken to Evanston NorthShore Hospital where she was listed in critical condition. She succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.

According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, the storms fired up as a result of an advancing cold front.

"There were small clusters of storms that formed along the front," Sosnowski said. "One managed to hit the north side of Chicago during the afternoon. There was very little to nothing on the south side."

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More severe weather will impact the Midwest, including Chicago, later this week. AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Knopick said, "There will be risk for damaging storms around the Chicago area and farther east to Cleveland."

According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root, large hail, strong, potentially damaging winds and even sporadic tornadoes are all possible with these storms. Knopick warned that heavy downpours could lead to local flash flooding.