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Strong storms bring rain and tornadoes to Central Illinois

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

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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