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DECATUR — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, including Macon County.

The watch was issued at 10:25 p.m. and is in effect until 5 a.m. Thursday.

A tornado watch means that conditions in the area are favorable for tornadoes to develop. Be prepared to act quickly if a tornado warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.  

The weather service earlier today said thunderstorms would spread into the Illinois River Valley this evening, then shift to the Interstate 55 corridor around midnight. "Given the moderately unstable and highly sheared airmass in place, some of the storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail," it said. 

Affected counties include: Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Greene, Grundy, Iroquois, Jersey, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Mason, McLean, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Will and Woodford. 

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