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Forecasters say powerhouse storm will move into central, southeastern Illinois


LINCOLN, Illinois — The National Weather Service says a "powerhouse autumn storm" will move into parts of Illinois.

Forecasters say the storm's expected Wednesday evening arrival will bring wind gusts of 50 mph or more along with showers and thunderstorms into central and southeastern Illinois. The storms have the potential to be severe with lightning, large hail and chances of an isolated tornado accompanied by damaging wind gusts. The gusts are expected to continue into Thursday after the storms move out of the state.

The storms are forecast to be in Illinois from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 12 a.m. Thursday.

Areas of enhanced risk include Bloomington, Decatur, Galesburg, Peoria and Springfield. Slight chances of stormy weather are forecast in Champaign south to Effingham and Olney.

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