UPDATED: The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a series of weather warnings and watches as a line of storms passes through the area.
A tornado warning has been issued for central Woodford County, Northeastern Tazewell County and east-central Peoria County until 5:15 p.m. The weather service said that a severe thunderstorm, capable of producing a tornado, was sent at 4:49 p.m. near Peoria or East Peoria. The storm was headed northeast at 35 mph.
Such storms could cause flying debris that would be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.
The storm is to be near Germantown HIlls and Washington around 5 p.m. Other cities in the path of the storm was Eureka, Metamora and Roanoke.
People are urged to take shelter and move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD)– There will be a tornado watch in the Central Illinois area until 8 p.m. tonight.
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