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'Brief tornado touchdown' possible as storms move into region

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LINCOLN — The National Weather Service says damaging winds and large hail are possible across Central Illinois starting Monday afternoon.

Winds of up to 70 mph are possible, as well as "brief tornadoes," the agency said. 

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According to the meteorologists, thunderstorms are likely throughout the area beginning Monday evening.

"These storms could be severe, with hail over an inch and damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph," the weather service stated. "A brief tornado touchdown is also possible."

Scattered thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday and again Thursday afternoon.

Monday's temperatures are expected to reach into the upper 70s, with winds from the southwest at 5 to 11 mph, and gusts as high as 20 mph.

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