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Deepening storm system to produce strong winds across central Illinois today and tonight

[3:37 a.m. Thursday announcement]

[MAY 11, 2006]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a wind advisory in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to midnight for the counties of Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, McLean, Schuyler, Mason, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Shelby, including the cities of Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Havana, Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon and Shelbyville.

A deepening low pressure system moving across the northern half of the state will create a tight pressure gradient back through central Illinois. As a result, sustained winds in excess of 30 mph should develop around midday, continuing through the afternoon and evening hours. Gusts in excess of 45 mph are possible in the advisory area, mainly north of Interstate 70.

Many of the main interstate corridors in the state will be adversely affected. Winds will be out of the west, creating a very strong crosswind to north-south-oriented thoroughfares. High-profile vehicles are especially at risk when traveling along these routes. All vehicles should use extra caution.

[News release from Emergency Email Network]

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