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DECATUR — The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for much of Central Illinois over the next several days.

A risk of severe thunderstorms is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

"Although considerable uncertainty in the evolution and timing of this system continue, damaging winds and hail appear to be the main severe weather threats," the alert said.

Another strong storm system is possible Tuesday into Wednesday.

The alert is for Champaign, Christian, Coles, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, Menard, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon-Shelby and Vermilion counties.

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The conditions come after severe weather Thursday in northern Illinois. In Sandwich, a funnel cloud appeared to form around 12:30 p.m., but the funnel broke up before touching the ground, said Sandwich Police Chief James Bianchi.

An area near Plainfield was hit with 1-inch hail, as Lockport saw almost an inch of rain in an hour, according to the weather service. A weather spotter in Frankfort Square in Will County clocked winds of 52 mph during the thunderstorm that prompted the area warning.​

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report. 

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