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IEMA warns residents to be weather wise ahead of Friday’s storms

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With severe weather predicted for Central and Southern Illinois on Friday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has issued guidance for residents.

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms were expected overnight with guts above 60 mph and possible scattered tornadoes in the central and southern parts of the state starting in the early evening in Southern Illinois. Central Illinois would be facing severe storm risk after dark.

IEMA is advising people to be familiar with important weather terms:

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch – conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms containing large hail and damaging winds.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning – large hail and/or damaging wind has been reported by spotters, or is about to develop. Take action – Go to a substantial shelter immediately.
  • Tornado Watch – conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
  • Tornado Warning – a tornado has been reported by spotters, or National Weather Service meteorologists have determined that one is about to form in the next several minutes.

Be sure to have a safe shelter, preferably indoors and away from windows.

Have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated information about severe weather warnings, such as through a NOAA weather alert radio, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), weather alert apps, TV and radio broadcasts, the Internet, outdoor warning sirens and more. For storm threats at night, residents should make sure that their cellphones are enabled to receive emergency alerts and notifications.

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