Tornado Watch issued until 8 p.m. Tuesday
TORNADO WATCH issued until 8pm for the following counties in central Illinois: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Moultrie, and Shelby.
FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Coles, Douglas, and Edgar counties until 3:30am Wednesday. Significant rainfall this morning forced some roads to close and more rain between 4-6pm today could re-aggravate those same areas.
TUESDAY IS A CODE RED WEATHER DAY
Strong cold front is pushing past Springfield as of 2pm today. More intense thunderstorms will start developing in central Illinois after 3pm this afternoon. Stronger thunderstorm will have a primary risk of damaging winds for our area, whereas the tornado risk is secondary. The Tornado Watch includes several states including Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. The wide coverage area of the Watch hits areas like Memphis which have a much higher risk for tornadoes. Central/eastern Illinois is at the very northern fringes of the risk area.
TIMING: 3pm to 7pm Tuesday.
DAMAGING WINDS: Primary risk with any thunderstorms in central Illinois. Winds gusts may exceed 60 mph.
LARGE HAIL: An isolated chance for large hail, up to nickel or quarter sized.
TORNADO RISK: A brief tornado touchdown is possible, but the chances are very low. (No greater than a 5% chance within a 25 mile radius of any given location)
FLOODING: Areas that were flooding out this morning, particularly near Mattoon and Charleston, may see an exacerbated flooding situation with any more heavy rain that falls.
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