Illinois Faces High Fire Danger, Tornado Risk in Coming Days

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Chicago, IL – Residents in northern and central Illinois are on high alert as the National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Red Flag Warning effective from noon today until 6 PM CST.

According to the announcement, this warning signals critical fire weather conditions, including strong south winds at 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, low relative humidity as low as 18 to 25 percent, and the possibility of rapid wildfire spread. The areas affected include Boone, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford Counties. The National Weather Service advises extreme caution with outdoor burning and the disposal of smoking materials.

Additionally, the NWS forecasts record warmth for Tuesday, which may bring a severe weather threat by late afternoon and evening. There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms, particularly south and east of Chicago into northwest Indiana, with potential hazards including large hail, damaging winds, and possibly a tornado or two. Community members are urged to stay informed on the latest updates and to plan for potential severe weather impacts.

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