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Possible severe weather returning to southern Illinois Friday night

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says, for the second time in less than a week, the entire southern Illinois region could see severe weather late Friday night and into Saturday morning.

Sean Poulos is a meteorologist with the Paducah office. And he says a cold front Friday night could trigger the storms.

"Ahead of that, the ingredients appear to be there for some thunderstorms and some of those could be severe with damaging winds, and perhaps a few tornadoes. Primary time frame right now we're looking at is during the evening and overnight hours."

Poulos adds severe weather like this is not uncommon for December, since southern Illinois is only an eight to 10 hour drive to the Gulf of Mexico, where a lot of the warm, moist air comes from.

He says to make sure you have a weather radio with fresh batteries Friday night when you go to bed. In case of severe weather he stresses going to a basement, or, if you don't have a basement, an interior room with no windows is a good place to go.

Kevin Boucher is a retired broadcaster. Most recently he was a news reporter for WSIU radio. He grew up watching nature programs including Mutual of Omaha’s wild kingdom and the many Jacques Cousteau specials which sparked his passion with nature. Kevin also is an avid hiker and loves seeing and writing stories about the many fascinating plants and animals we share our planet with. Kevin is married and has lived in Murphysboro since 1976, after living in many places, including Japan, as the son of a Navy officer.

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