Watch Out for High Winds, Threat of Tornadoes Sunday


The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, effective until 1 p.m.

A high wind warning remains in effect until 8 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning, effective from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Winds will likely increase by early afternoon, with the possibility of widespread gusts of up to 60 mph, especially in mid- to late-afternoon. Wind speeds should ease up by Sunday evening. The high winds could create the potential for downed tree limbs and power lines, along with minor structural damage to buildings and hazardous driving conditions.

A cold front and powerful storm system is also expected to move into the area Sunday afternoon, with the possibility for severe thunderstorms. There is the potential for severe weather threats, damaging winds gusts and possibly tornadoes, according to the NWS.

The Joliet/Will County area is included in a "moderate risk" area, according to the Joliet Weather Center.

"As these storms develop, intensify and move toward our area, the main threats will be heavy torrential rains, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, damaging and destructive winds and possibly isolated tornadoes," the weather center posted on Facebook. " ... Heed any warnings and do not take this situation lightly. Seek shelter immediately if storms move in, even if warnings are not issued."
Margie Bonuchi November 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Plainfield Emergency Management is out storm spotting now so pay attention to the weather, especially if you are headed to church, stores, movies or other large venues where you may not hear a siren.
Margie Bonuchi November 17, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Plainfield Emergency Mgmt volunteers are now on the way to offer mutual aid to Coal City where they sustained significant damage from the storm. Hope everyone is OK!!
Shannon Antinori November 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Thanks for the updates, Margie. My thoughts are with everyone affected by the tornadoes and severe storms.


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