Quad Cities Braces for Large Hail, Damaging Winds, and Isolated Tornado Risk

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Quad Cities, IA/IL – Residents in the Quad Cities region and parts of central Illinois should prepare for severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening, with forecasts indicating a significant risk of large hail and damaging winds.

According to the National Weather Service, the severe weather system moving through the area poses a low but notable risk of isolated tornadoes. The primary threats are large hailstones, which can cause substantial damage to vehicles and property, and high winds capable of downing trees and power lines.

The severe weather threat level is currently at a 2 out of 5 for the southern areas of the Quad Cities, including Davenport and Moline. Areas such as Rock Island, Freeport, and Galesburg are also under watch. The storm motion is expected to move eastward at approximately 30 mph.

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