Freeport, Illinois — July 9, 2017 — Severe thunderstorms are possible overnight across the area, and will be capable of producing damaging winds and heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding.
Now is the time to prepare for storms. If you intend to move vehicles or other property into shelter, do it now. This is also the time to move pets or livestock to shelter as needed.
Tonight, expect a mostly cloudy this evening with thunderstorms developing after midnight. A few storms may be severe. Low 67F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Monday 80 % Precip. Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 84F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Remember that a watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. It is your head’s up that severe weather is possible in the next several hours. A warning means that severe weather is occurring or about to occur very shortly and that you need to take immediate action to protect your life.
Whether you are at work, home, school, or anywhere else, identify your safe area now and be alert for warnings. The safest place to be during a tornado or extreme storm is in a sturdy structure away from windows in the basement or on the lowest floor in an interior room such as a bathroom or closet.
If you are in a Mobile home, camping, or outdoors, you should consider going to a sturdy structure long before the storms arrive.
When a warning is issued or severe weather threatens, immediately seek shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows. If a tornado is possible, go to the safe area in the building immediately!
If you hear outdoor warning sirens, first go to your safe area, then seek more information.