The National Weather Service is calling for some severe weather this afternoon and evening around Evanston — including the possibility of “hail to the size of baseballs.”

The forecast also calls for damaging winds in excess of 75 miles per hour and a potential for strong tornadoes as well as very heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding.

A very warm, humid and unstable air mass will blanket the area and a strong upper-level disturbance will move across the region this evening — creating favorable conditions for a severe weather outbreak.

Thunderstorms are forecast to produce one to three inches of rain, with very high rainfall rates in some of the stronger storms.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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