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From wicked winter to severe weather; staying prepared

ILLINOIS -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is urging all of us to prepare for the worst during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
ILLINOIS -- The National Weather Service (NWS) is urging all of us to prepare for the worst during Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Many heard an emergency alert on radios or TV Tuesday morning.

Winter was bad enough, now people have to switch gears to worry about severe weather. We're just weeks away from spring.

Warmer temperatures in April, May and June bring the threat of severe weather. NWS says severe storms can happen anytime during the year.

Just last month, there were eight confirmed tornadoes in Central Illinois alone. That's why officials hope people took the statewide tornado drill seriously. Experts say Illinois averages 47 tornadoes a year.

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