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Tornado Watch Issued for So. Illinois

NWS Paducah

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday

A Tornado Watch has been issued for much of southern Illinois. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The National Weather Service issued the watch Thursday afternoon. It’s in effect until 9:00 Thursday night.

Southern Illinois counties in the watch area include Edwards, Wabash, and Wayne.

The watch also includes much of Missouri – including the St. Louis area -- and a portion of Arkansas.

Forecasters say a few tornadoes are likely in the watch area, with widespread hail and non-tornado wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour.

The immediate Evansville area is not in the watch but still faces a risk of severe weather.