Update 6:50 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5:30 tomorrow morning for Evanston.

Heavy rains started sweeping through Evanston about 5:45 p.m. and a tornado warning was in effect until 6:45 p.m.

Update 6:50 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 5:30 tomorrow morning for Evanston.

Heavy rains started sweeping through Evanston about 5:45 p.m. and a tornado warning was in effect until 6:45 p.m.

Metra reportedly  halted commuter train runs throughout the metro area because of high winds at the peak of the storms.

The stormy weather led to cancellation of the Evanston Transportation and Parking Committee’s 6 p.m. meeting this evening at the Civic Center after some members decided to stay home until the storm abated.

But the Economic Development Committee meeting was still expected to be held at 7:30 p.m., on the assumption that the rain will have let up by then.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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