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Strong storms bring rain and tornadoes to Central Illinois

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From Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard: Video capture of lightning striking the blade tip of a wind turbine near Alexander, Illinois on October 11, 2021.

Updated Monday at 7:15 p.m.

URBANA – Meteorologists in Central Illinois are warning people to stay weather aware for strong to severe storms on Monday afternoon and evening. A tornado watch has been issued for Northern Illinois and parts of western Indiana until 9:00 p.m.

Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, who forecasts the weather for Illinois Public Media, says the primary time frame for any severe weather in East-Central Illinois arrives between 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be the primary hazards with the strongest storms as they quickly move northeast.


Weather service: Reported tornado damages truck on freeway

 

Updated Sunday evening
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The National Weather Service in Central Illinois tweeted that storms with possible tornadoes, large hail, and strong wind gusts are possible west of I-55 after the noon hour on Monday and east of I-55 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. The Weather Service also expects south winds with 30 to 40 mile per hour gusts ahead of the cold front’s arrival. 

 

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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