Central Illinois Weather: Up to 2” Rain, Tornado Risk South of I-72 Sunday


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Springfield, IL – Central Illinois is preparing for a significant severe weather event on Sunday, with forecasts indicating the possibility of damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes, particularly in areas south of I-72.

According to the US National Weather Service Central Illinois, the severe weather threat will be highest in the afternoon and early evening. Storms are expected to bring up to 2 inches of rain, contributing to the potential for flooding in low-lying areas. The weather service emphasizes that the remnants of a potent storm system will pass through the region, creating conditions ripe for severe thunderstorms.

Given the holiday weekend, outdoor activities are likely to be more frequent, increasing the importance of staying informed about the weather. Residents are urged to monitor weather updates and heed any warnings or advisories. The National Weather Service suggests securing outdoor items, preparing emergency kits, and planning for the possibility of power outages.

Local authorities and emergency services are on high alert, ready to respond to any incidents that may arise from the severe weather. Safety measures include setting up emergency shelters and ensuring communication lines are open for timely alerts and updates.

As Memorial Day approaches, the weather is expected to clear, offering a respite from the stormy conditions. However, the immediate focus remains on navigating Sunday’s severe weather safely and effectively.


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