(Latest updates below.)
The latest updates from the National Weather Service on this afternoon’s severe weather paints a very stark picture for northern Illinois.
From the most recent bulletin:
SIGNIFICANT THUNDERSTORM RISK…WITH AN ASSOCIATED:
SIGNIFICANT TORNADO RISK.
SIGNIFICANT HAIL RISK…UP TO 2 INCHES.
EXTREME THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE RISK…70 MPH OR GREATER.
ELEVATED FLOODING RISK.
And here are some excerpts from the most recent package of information the NWS has put out:
The chance for very severe, dangerous weather Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening is extraordinary. The information being put out today is similar to that prior to the April 9, 2015 tornado which ravaged Fairdale, the most powerful tornado in the U.S. last year.
Please, stay advised of local conditions. Check the batteries in your weather radio; if you don’t have one, buy one. Keep your cell phone charged. And if the weather turns for the worst, do not wait to hear the tornado sirens before you take cover.
A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for all of Northern Illinois, excluding Lake and McHenry Counties to our east. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. The watch is in effect until 1 a.m.
Storm chaser Ethan Mulnix reports a very brief tornado on the ground east of Amboy.
TORNADO WARNING issued in Lee County near West Brooklyn. TAKE COVER IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM.
The biggest threat for severe weather has drifted south of I-88, according to NWS Chicago. Tornado Watch for all of northern Illinois remains in effect until 1 a.m.
All severe warnings EXPIRED for Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone, Lee, Ogle, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, DeKalb Counties.
A Flash Flood Watch and Tornado Watch remains in effect for the Rockford area, but the chance of tornadic activity has shifted further south. We’re going to sign off on our updated coverage but you can keep up with conditions with our AccuWeather forecast.