The National Weather Service is warning residence of Central Illinois of a possibly severe storm system expected to move into the area Tuesday evening that could bring large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes. Taylorville area residents are also advised that the severe weather sirens are currently under maintenance, and may not be heard should severe weather strike.
Christian County Emergency Manager Mike Crews has participated in several conference calls with the National Weather Service, and shared what weather the area should expect.
Crews addressed the issue of the weather sirens, and said although workers hope to have the sirens working by the time the storm front hits, citizens should keep their eyes and ears on local media outlets to stay informed on the storm.
Widely scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will develop across central Illinois late this afternoon into the early evening. Given unseasonably high amounts of instability and wind shear in the environment, the thunderstorm cells will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, large hail greater than quarter-sized, and a few tornadoes. Further west...a solid line of thunderstorms is expected to develop along a cold front across Iowa and Missouri early this evening. This line of storms will surge eastward into central Illinois tonight. At this time, it appears the greatest risk for widespread severe weather will develop across the Illinois River Valley between 6pm and midnight...along the I-55 corridor between 9pm and 3am...and further east to the Indiana border between 3am and 6am.