Central Illinois Faces Severe Weather: Tornadoes, Golf Ball-Sized Hail Expected Tuesday

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Lincoln, IL – A serious storm front is set to sweep across central Illinois this evening, bringing the threat of EF2+ tornadoes and hail up to golf ball size. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high-level alert, emphasizing the potential danger to residents in the area.

According to the NWS, the most significant tornado risk lies west of the Illinois River, with severe storms predicted to impact regions as far east as Springfield and Mattoon. These storms are expected to develop early this evening in western Illinois and progress toward the Indiana border by late evening.

Wind gusts could reach between 75 to 90 mph northwest of the Illinois River, posing a substantial threat of property damage and power outages. East of I-55, wind speeds are expected to diminish slightly but may still exceed 60 mph, maintaining a significant risk.

Hail ranging from quarter to golf ball size is also a concern, particularly in western Illinois, where the threat is most pronounced. The NWS advises all residents in the affected areas to stay alert and prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.

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