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Severe weather expected to hit northern Illinois on Tuesday – Shaw Local

DIXON – The Quad Cities National Weather Service has released a report on the possibility of severe weather for Monday and Tuesday. The greatest risk is during the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, May 21. Multiple thunderstorms are forecast with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, the report said.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties for Monday, May 20 until 5 p.m.

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, some areas will be at a “moderate risk,” or level four of five, meaning widespread severe storms are likely and will be long lasting and intense, according to a report at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the National Quad Cities Weather Service.

All of Northern Illinois is considered at “moderate risk” for severe storms and damaging winds. In northwestern Illinois, the highest risk area includes Mount Carroll and surrounding areas, up to Sterling and all the way to Galesburg, Mike McClure, a meteorologist with the Quad-Cities National Weather Service, said in an interview with Shaw Local.

Several heavy thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and evening. Hazards include damaging winds exceeding 80 miles per hour, large hail and several tornadoes. High winds and tornadoes are the top risks, according to the National Weather Service.

Several thunderstorms are forecast to follow. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., areas along and north of U.S. Route 30 are forecast to be at the highest risk for damaging winds and tornadoes. The second round is predicted to take place in the afternoon along and north of I-80. The best chance for a tornado to occur across the area is Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., McClure said.

The best way to stay safe is to make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, McClure said.

According to the National Weather Service, you can receive weather alerts through NOAA Weather Radio, local television and radio, over-the-air emergency alerts, weather apps, outdoor sirens, Internet sites and through word of mouth.

Visit the National Weather Service online to stay informed.