A THREATRACK-5 storm passed through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin Wednesday evening, and the area is still under threat.
The storm popped up in eastern Iowa and began affecting our viewing area around 4:00 p.m. It produced several tornado warnings, heavy rotation, and hail. The National Weather Service will conduct damage evaluations on Thursday after reports of tornadoes in Lee, DeKalb, and Kendall counties. They will also assess damage done by tornadoes that touched down in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties.
Tornadoes are still possible through the evening hours, several of which could be strong and long-tracking. Large hail and damaging winds are also possible. The entire viewing area is currently under a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" Tornado Watch until 11:00 p.m. A significant tornado is possible along the stateline between Illinois and Wisconsin.
It's important to have a plan of action in case of severe weather, especially if you need to take shelter.
To stay up-to-date on this storm and its developments, visit the 13 Weather Blog here: http://addins.wrex.com/blogs/weather/ and the 13 Weather Authority on Facebook at www.facebook.com/13wxauthority.
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