Northern Illinois is under a tornado warning for March 15, 2016. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m., NBC reports. A watch has been issued for LaSalle, Livingston, Adams, Bureau, Calhoun and Carrol counties, as well as 30 others. The warning began at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.
While the “Superer Tuesday” primary polls are almost closed for Illinois, the northern area of Illinois has been under a slight risk of severe storms for most of the day. NBC 5 recommends that Illinois voters cast their ballots early, due to the severe weather concerns that are also affecting the western part of the state. Indiana was also at risk for severe weather for most of Tuesday afternoon.
Storms are due to begin in the evening, with high winds, hail, and the possibility of two tornadoes, along with heavy rainfall. While the threat of the tornadoes is low, all of the other severe weather warnings are within the moderate range. The National Weather Service has warned that a severe storm could be on its way, because all of the necessary pieces could fall into place.
A high wind warning for Chicago is also in place for the early morning hours, after the tornado warning is due to pass. Sixty mph winds are expected, and the warning is expected to last from Wednesday at 4 a.m. through 8 p.m.
Update: NBC News has announced the tornado warning has been extended to 11:00 p.m.
By Juanita Lewis
Edited by Cathy Milne
NBC 5: Tornado Watch Issued for LaSalle, Livingston Counties
Google: Tornado Watch in Illinois
National Weather Service: Tornado Watch
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