We've all been saying for weeks now how bad we need some rain, right? Well, Mother Nature will definitely be delivering A LOT of it later this afternoon through the evening.

Of all the things you have on your to-do list for today, checking the batteries in your flashlights and radios should probably be the utmost priority. So should finding your in-case-the-power-goes-out stock of candles and lighters so you are prepared for the worst later this evening.

How bad could it really get tonight? Here's what the US National Weather Service in Chicago posted on Facebook this morning:

 

And here's a deeper look at the expected timing of today's storms...

 

 

Stay weather aware today, and don't worry, we will keep you updated on everything you need to know as watches and warnings begin to be issued.

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