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Central Illinois faces severe weather: Tornadoes and golf ball-sized hail expected Tuesday

Lincoln, IL – A severe storm front will sweep through central Illinois this afternoon, increasing the threat of EF2+ tornadoes and golf ball-sized hail. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high-level alert, emphasizing the potential danger to area residents.

According to the NWS, the greatest tornado risk is west of the Illinois River, with severe storms expected to affect regions as far east as Springfield and Mattoon. These storms are expected to develop early this afternoon in western Illinois and move toward the Indiana border by late afternoon.

Wind gusts could reach 75 to 90 mph northwest of the Illinois River, posing a substantial threat of property damage and power outages. East of I-55, wind speeds are expected to decrease slightly, but may still exceed 60 mph, maintaining a significant risk.

Hail ranging from a quarter to a golf ball is also of concern, particularly in western Illinois where the threat is most pronounced. The NWS advises all residents in affected areas to remain alert and prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.