Just after 8:55 pm, medical call came in at Twin Sister Hills Park for a man down on the far south end of the park closest to Broadmoor. Emergency personnel are on scene. The person is breathing, but they seem out of it.
HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON CDT /1 PM EDT/ TO 7 PM CDT /8 PM EDT/ WEDNESDAY... The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon CDT /1 PM EDT/ to 7 PM CDT/8 PM EDT/ Wednesday. * TEMPERATURE...around 90. * HEAT INDICES...Peak afternoon heat indices near 105 degrees. * IMPACTS...The combination of heat and humidity will lead to hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.
UPDATE: Road reopened around 2:15pm
UPDATE: Around 2:05pm ComEd arrived on scene to fix the downed powerline.
Powerlines are down at Crockett and Burr Oak rd in Roscoe. They are down across the south end of Crockett. The Crockett Rd is closed off at Burr Oak to Necedah Dr until ComEd can come out to repair the downed line. Harlem Roscoe Fire Department is on scene.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Northern and Central Illinois until 8 pm tonight. Scattered damaging wind up to 70 mph is possible, including isolated hail up to lime size, and frequent lightning. Please have multiple ways of receiving weather alerts this evening and bring in or tie down any loose items that might be in your backyards.
SUMMARY...Scattered thunderstorms will are developing over western Illinois and will spread across the watch area through the afternoon. The most intense cells will pose a threat of damaging wind gusts and hail. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles east and west of a line from 50 miles east northeast of Rockford IL to 55 miles west southwest of Mattoon IL. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a mesoscale discussion (MD) for a large portion of Northern and Central Illinois, which you can read below.
In short, there is an 80% chance of an issuance for a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, so a watch is likely in the next hour or two. Damaging winds looks to be the main threat.
Mesoscale Discussion 0974 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1223 PM CDT Sun Jul 01 2018 Areas affected...Northern and Central Illinois and Far Northwest Indiana. Concerning...Severe potential...Watch likely Valid 011723Z - 011900Z Probability of Watch Issuance...80 percent SUMMARY...Strong to severe storms are expected this afternoon across northern and central Illinois. The primary threat from these storms will be damaging wind gusts. DISCUSSION...Temperatures have risen into the mid to upper 80s across much of Illinois with dewpoints in the upper 70s. This has led to MLCAPE around 2500 J/kg. Additional destabilization is expected through the afternoon as surface heating continues. Storms are expected to form along the cold front (currently in eastern Iowa and Eastern Missouri) and move eastward through the afternoon. Flow is relatively weak on the ILX 12Z sounding, however, low-level flow is forecast to increase to 35 to 40 knots by mid-afternoon. This will lead to a marginal shear environment with effective shear around 25 to 30 knots with most of this shear focused in the lowest 1 to 2 km. Nearly parallel orientation of the cold front to the deeper level flow will limit a greater severe weather threat, however, more robust updrafts could mix down stronger winds, posing a damaging wind threat through the afternoon. The threat will be maximized with any bowing segments which can orient more normal to the low-level flow and accelerate northeastward. A severe thunderstorm watch is likely in the next hour or two to cover this severe wind threat.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Tornado Watch for a large portion of Wisconsin until 7 pm tonight. A couple tornadoes, hail up to lime size, and scattered wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible this afternoon.
Storms will develop ahead of an approaching cold front this afternoon and evening. A few scattered supercell may form ahead of the cold front and squall line which will pose the greatest threat for tornadoes.
For the Rockford area, we are under a Slight Risk for Severe Weather with damaging winds up to 70 mph and large hail will be the main threat. Heavy rain and frequent lightning are also possible. These storms are expected to develop and be in the area after 1 pm through about 5 pm this evening.
UPDATE: One person will be a transported for medical eval. Rest are sign offs/refusals. Second ambulance and extra units were called off the call.
An auto accident is being reported at Alpine and Harrison. Reports of multiple injuries. Second ambulance is being requested to be en route. Please avoid this area at this time and find alternative routes! This is still developing!
Nice light show to the north, not to be confused with the fireworks we are live streaming on the page. These are in the form of a more natural light show, thanks to a weakening line of storms that are slowly moving to the northeast. It appears a weak outflow has formed out ahead of the line, which may cause our winds to shift to out of the northwest and briefly pick up a little bit. As far as rain goes, we might see some scattered showers for along the stateline, but most should stay dry tonight.
UPDATE: Corrected address is the 900 block of 8th Ave Court for an open burn.
UPDATE: Due to conflicting information, the call is being downgraded to two fire trucks. The address is unknown at this time, but open burning is ongoing.
Structure fire in Rockford in the 800 block of 8th Avenue. Emergency personnel are en route. Caller says flames are visible. This is still developing!
Just before 7 pm, a call came in for a man down at 451 Lafayette Ave, otherwise known as Haight Park. There is a report of a white male that is down in the park. Emergency personnel are en route as well are two park officers. This is still developing. Please avoid the area.
First fire truck has arrived.
Just after 6:40 pm, multiple units were dispatched for a possible structure fire in the 4100 block of Cushman Rd in Rockford, IL. Call reported there was a fire in his stove and that he was grabbing his dog and evacuating. Emergency personnel are en route. Still developing.
UPDATE: Emergency personnel on scene are reporting no smoke or flames are visible on three sides of the house. They will be investigating further. The call has since been downgraded to just a single engine and all others can return.
Just after 5:15 pm, a call came in for a possible structure fire around the area fo 4121 Auburn St in Rockford. Emergency personnel are en route/on scene. It is a two story apartment building with no smoke or fire showing from two sides. They are investigating. Still developing. Please avoid the area.