Central Illinois Weather Alert: Severe Storms Expected West of I-55 Thursday


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Peoria, IL – Central Illinois residents should prepare for severe weather conditions on Thursday, with a particular focus on areas west of I-55.

According to the US National Weather Service, a cold front moving through the region will bring scattered thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening. Some storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts posing the primary hazard. In addition, locally heavy rainfall and lightning are expected, increasing the risk of localized flooding.

Temperatures are forecasted to soar into the upper 90s, with heat indices also peaking in the same range. This combination of high heat and humidity could exacerbate the severity of the storms. The weather service advises residents to stay indoors during peak storm hours and to secure outdoor items that could be blown away by strong winds.

Motorists should be cautious, as sudden downpours can create hazardous driving conditions. Residents are urged to stay updated with the latest weather information and have emergency plans in place. The severe weather risk area and timing are subject to change as the situation develops.

Stay tuned to local weather forecasts and alerts to remain informed and safe during this period of heightened weather activity in Central Illinois.


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