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Oppressive Heat Continues; Severe Storms and Heavy Rain

An oppressive and dangerous heat wave continues across a large section of the U.S. with hazy, hot and humid conditions. Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories stretch from the central and southern Plains to the Southeast. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected in multiple spots, in Montana, parts of the Midwest and from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Carolinas. Read More >


Just a week removed from an early season blizzard, a late season severe weather outbreak resulted in several tornadoes across central and southwest Illinois on December 1st. Storm surveys and reports have indicated that 29 tornadoes occurred across the state, the largest December outbreak since 1957. The town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was hardest hit. This particular supercell took a long path from the eastern fringes of the St. Louis metro area, to east of Bloomington. Other supercells tracked up the Illinois River valley in west central Illinois.

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Information on the event from other NWS offices:

Beardstown tornado at 3:25 pm. Photo by Andrew Pritchard.
Near Beardstown at 3:25 pm (photo copyright Andrew Pritchard)
Drone imagery over Taylorville. Photo by Kevin Lighty. Track Map of All Tornadoes Tornado near Taylorville. Photo by Robert Wolfe.
Taylorville (photo copyright Kevin Lighty) Track map of all tornadoes Taylorville (photo copyright Robert Wolfe)
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