This is NOT Texas weather related, but because we know many of our fans have friends and family outside of Texas, we wanted to make you aware of a potentially SIGNIFICANT severe weather event expected to impact parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, lower Michigan and northwest Ohio later today and this evening. As highlighted on the graphic above, the Storm Prediction Center has placed this portion of the US under a HIGH RISK of Severe Weather for this afternoon and evening. This is the highest designation possible in the severe weather threat categories, and this is the first HIGH RISK designation issued this year.
The biggest threat is going to be wind…possibly in the form of a derecho, or “bow echo” as you’ve probably heard on TV or radio. Widespread wind damage is expected with winds in excess of 75 mph..possibly even close to or exceeding 100mph in some areas. Very large hail to the size of baseballs is also possible…and if this hail is also wind-driven, it will most certainly be damaging and possibly lethal if caught out in it. There is also a elevated threat is for several large and strong tornadoes within any discreet storm cells that form in the afternoon, especially in the central Illinois areas. The Chicago area is expected to feel the greatest impacts between 6pm and 11pm.
If you have friends or family in any of the elevated risk areas above, please reach out to them and make sure they are aware of the potential for threatening weather this afternoon and evening. Hopefully everyone has a way to receive weather warnings and a safe place to shelter if a warning is posted for their area.