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Cold Front Dropping South Across the Western U.S.; Watching Threat for Tornadoes and Flooding in the South

A cold front will push south across the Western U.S. into Tuesday with mountain snow and areas of gusty to high winds. An area of low pressure will form along this front on Tuesday and bring a potential for severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and excessive rainfall in the lower to mid Mississippi River Valley. To the north, heavy snow is possible in parts of the upper Midwest. Read More >


Fast Facts:

  • Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours on Saturday, May 23, and continue through early evening. 
  • These storms brought a few tornadoes to the region, wind damage, and spotty large hail. 
  • Three tornadoes were confirmed for this event. One in/near Minooka that was on the ground for six miles (EF-0), a brief tornado southwest of Chana (EF-1), and another very brief tornado in the Genoa / Hampshire area (EF-0). It's possible that there were a couple more brief tornadoes that produced little to no damage, but there was no confirmation of these.
  • Considerable downburst wind damage also occurred in Shorewood and Joliet, with over a hundred trees down in total. 
  • Locally very heavy rain fell, with swaths of 2 to 3 inches of rain causing renewed flash flooding, especially across parts of Lake County, Indiana. 
Recap of Severe and Flooding Reports. 
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