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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Severe Storms Possible In Central IL This Weekend

Heavy rain sweeps across the parking lot of Illinois Public Media on June 19, 2021.

Below are posts as the Illinois Newsroom followed the developing weather situation early Saturday morning.

Updated Saturday at 4:24 a.m.

After heavy rain and winds passed through Central Illinois early Saturday morning, but the National Weather Service says more severe storms are in the forecast for the weekend.  The main severe weather concerns will be large hail and damaging winds. Meteorologists also say an isolated tornado will also be possible on Sunday. 

Updated Saturday at 3:45 a.m.

Watch the waves of rain sweeping across our parking lot at Illinois Public Media.

Updated Saturday at 3:40 a.m.

Updated Saturday at 2:45 a.m.

Updated Saturday at 1:56 a.m.

Updated: Saturday 1:16 a.m.

From the National Weather Service: Severe storms capable of damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall are ongoing late tonight. Seek shelter indoors when storms approach.

From the National Weather Service: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 4:00 AM CDT for Coles, Vermilion, Champaign, Piatt, De Witt, Moultrie, Macon and Douglas Counties.

On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Lincoln predicted possible severe weather for central Illinois overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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