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.