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Severe Weather Preparedness




Plan, Practice, Monitor, & Act

Preparedness Framework for Severe Weather

(pdf document)

When is Severe Weather?

Illinois and Indiana Climatology



Watches & WarningsWatches vs Warnings 

Tornado SafetyTornado Safety 

Lightning SafetyLightning Safety 

Flash Flood SafetyFlash Flood Safety 

Severe ThunderstormsSevere Thunderstorm Safety 

Warning ReceptionReception of a Warning 




Tornadoes in Cities 

NWS Chicago Tornado Climatology
Significant Tornadoes in the Chicago Metropolitan Area
Past Tornadoes and Weather Events Across the Area



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