National Weather Service issues tornado watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for an area including Kenosha County until 8 p.m. tonight.

Much of Wisconsin and Illinois are also under a tornado watch.

Says the NWS:

A tornado watch defines an area shaped like a parallelogram, where tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather are possible in the next several hours. It does not mean tornadoes are imminent — just that you need to be alert, and to be prepared to go to safe shelter if tornadoes do happen or a warning is issued. This is the time to turn on local TV or radio, turn on and set the alarm switch on your weather radio, make sure you have ready access to safe shelter, and make your friends and family aware of the potential for tornadoes in the area.”

Just in case, here are some tornado safety tips from the NWS.

Even if a tornado does not show, the weather forecast sounds unpleasant with an 80 percent chance of¬†precipitation¬†and “new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms” the NWS says.

Here is the radar.

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