Freeport, Illinois Under Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED TORNADO WATCH 375 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 10 PM Central Time THIS EVENING IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST ILLINOIS

  • CARROLL
  • JO DAVIESS
  • STEPHENSON

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF FREEPORT, GALENA, AND MOUNT CARROLL.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Quad Cities Ia IL

Buchanan- Delaware- Dubuque- Benton- Linn- Jones- Jackson- Iowa- Johnson- Cedar- Clinton- Muscatine- Scott- Keokuk- Washington- Louisa- Jefferson- Henry IA- Des Moines- Van Buren- Lee- Jo Daviess- Stephenson- Carroll- Whiteside- Rock Island- Henry IL- Bureau- Putnam- Mercer- Henderson- Warren- Hancock- McDonough- Scotland-Clark-

1211 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North Central Illinois… Northwest Illinois… West Central Illinois… East Central Iowa… Northeast Iowa… Southeast Iowa and Northeast Missouri.

DAY ONE… THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon over eastern Iowa and spread east to southeast across most of the outlook area from late afternoon through evening. These storms will likely develop west of highway 218 and north of Interstate 80 between 2 pm and 4 pm. Severe weather threats include damaging wind, large hail, torrential rainfall and isolated tornadoes.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois in an enhanced risk for severe weather for this afternoon and evening. All of west central Illinois and northeast Missouri are in a slight risk for severe weather.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN… THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

Thunderstorms are again likely Thursday into Friday. There is a risk of severe storms and very heavy rainfall, mainly south of Highway 30 or roughly south of a line from Cedar Rapids Iowa to Sterling Illinois.

Active weather will continue into next week with almost daily chances for thunderstorms Saturday through Tuesday. At this time it is too early to determine the threat for severe thunderstorms beyond Friday.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

Before

Watch out for dark, rotating clouds.
If you see one, take shelter immediately!
Listen for a tornado siren.
If you hear it, seek shelter immediately!
Turn on your TV/radio.
You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Avoid unnecessary car trips.
You don’t want to be caught outside if a tornado comes.
Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.
These may become a safety hazard.

During

Take shelter immediately!
Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries.
Keep windows closed and stay away from them.
Glass from broken windows can injure you.
If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor.
That’s the safest location.
If you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter.
Even if tied down, your home can’t protect you.
If you’re driving, fasten your seatbelt and go to the nearest building for cover.
You’re safer indoors.
If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows.
You’re safer inside the car than outside.
If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands.
You’re safer lying down than standing up.

After

Avoid entering damaged buildings.
Broken glass and exposed nails can injure you.
Keep away from downed power lines and objects touching them.
You can be electrocuted.
Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking through debris.
Stepping on nails and glass can injure you.

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to the issuance of a Tornado Watch, SPC will usually contact the affected local National Weather Forecast Office (NWFO) and they will discuss what their current thinking is on the weather situation. Afterwards, SPC will issue a preliminary Tornado Watch and then the affected NWFO will then adjust the watch (adding or eliminating counties/parishes) and then issue it to the public. After adjusting the watch, the NWFO will let the public know which counties are included by way of a Watch Redefining Statement. During the watch, the NWFO will keep the public informed on what is happening in the watch area and also let the public know when the watch has expired or been canceled.

 

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