Threat growing of severe storms Wednesday

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Lower Hudson Valley

An advancing storm system from the Ohio Valley will help bring thunderstorms, heavy downpours, gusty winds and a marginal potential for severe weather damage in the Buffalo Niagara region, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds.

In the afternoon, things should quiet down with temperatures rising into the low- to mid-70s and breezy conditions. There is a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms today, and an 80% chance of strong storms tomorrow.

Like last Saturday's storms, any activity late Wednesday will move quickly, generally from southwest to northeast.

8 PM Wednesday - We are left with a few showers, but skies will clear through the night.

The monthly mean temperature at Richmond International Airport - an average of all the highs and lows - came out to 49 degrees. The rain chance is at 20%, but those showers will be isolated.

The LaSalle County Nursing Home wrote in a Facebook post that it had been hit, but said staff and patients were accounted for. "We are starting to get some flooding in Will County". There is a threat for thunderstorms to develop and produce a tornadoes near and along the northbound warm front early tonight. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm.

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The Ottawa Police Department was overwhelmed with 911 calls amid confirmation of a "large and extremely unsafe tornado", located over the city.

People were warned to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of their location.

- Overpasses are not safe. The Southern wind speed is expected to reach between 7 to 14 miles per hour and gusts up to 31 miles per hour.

"There is a tendency, and it can be a unsafe tendency, to wait for last few seconds to take shelter", said Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said those in this area are in a life-threatening situation. If you can not get away, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Emergency crews were sent to Naplate, a small village in LaSalle County, where there were fears people became trapped under debris when structures were damaged, AP said.

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