New storm warnings to start next month
You'll hear new warnings for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms this spring that will provide more information about what kind of safety threat and damage can be expected.
The National Weather Service office in Lincoln says the enhanced warnings will begin on an experimental basis on April 1 across the Midwest.
Central Illinois Meteorologist Chris Miller said tornado warnings will be more specific about the size of the tornado, along with injuries and damage that could affect those in its path.
Miller also said that the new warnings for the largest tornadoes, known as EF-5s, will say that catastrophic damage from a tornado is occurring, there is a severe threat to human life, and that the tornado duration is expected to be long-lived.
However, Miller added that these large tornadoes are quite rare across Central Illinois, occurring eight times in the past 63 years.
Meanwhile, new warnings for thunderstorms will provide more specific information about the size of hail and wind speed.