Illinois Thunderstorm Alert: Hail Expected This Evening in Kankakee, Surrounding Areas

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Chicago, IL – A strong thunderstorm warning has been issued for central and northwest Illinois, effective through 9 PM CST this evening. Areas along and south of the Kankakee River valley, including Paxton, Pontiac, and Kankakee, are bracing for severe weather with gusty winds up to 50 mph and hail up to half an inch in diameter.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered thunderstorms are expected to produce heavy downpours, frequent lightning strikes, and strong winds, potentially creating hazardous driving conditions. These storms are moving east-northeast at speeds between 5 to 10 mph and are predicted to persist into the evening hours. Residents in the affected areas should stay alert and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

The NWS advises residents to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts and to move indoors immediately upon hearing thunder to reduce the risk of lightning-related injuries. Heavy rainfall may lead to localized flooding, making roads slippery and dangerous. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously and be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions.

More rounds of scattered thunderstorms are expected to cross the region throughout Monday afternoon and early evening. Some of these storms may be strong to severe, with damaging winds and hail as the primary threats. Residents should stay tuned for further updates and be prepared for possible severe weather conditions early in the week

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