733  
WWUS83 KILX 242154  
SPSILX  
 
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL  
454 PM CDT WED MAY 24 2017  
 
ILZ036-040-041-047>054-061-066-071-250000-  
FULTON-SCHUYLER-MASON-CASS-MENARD-SCOTT-MORGAN-SANGAMON-CHRISTIAN-  
MACON-MOULTRIE-SHELBY-EFFINGHAM-CLAY-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF CANTON, RUSHVILLE, HAVANA, BEARDSTOWN,  
PETERSBURG, WINCHESTER, JACKSONVILLE, SPRINGFIELD, TAYLORVILLE,  
DECATUR, SULLIVAN, SHELBYVILLE, EFFINGHAM, AND FLORA  
454 PM CDT WED MAY 24 2017  
   
..FUNNEL CLOUDS SIGHTED OVER CENTRAL ILLINOIS THIS AFTERNOON
 
 
FUNNEL CLOUDS HAVE BEEN SIGHTED OVER MACON, CHRISTIAN AND SHELBY  
COUNTIES THIS AFTERNOON AS A WIND SHIFT LINE SINKS SOUTHWARD  
THROUGH THE AREA. FUNNEL CLOUDS WILL BE POSSIBLE INTO THE EARLY  
EVENING DUE TO THIS FEATURE.  
 
ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS EXIST TODAY THAT FAVOR THE POSSIBLE  
FORMATION OF WEAK CIRCULATIONS ON A PRE-EXISTING BOUNDARY. SOME OF  
THESE CIRCULATIONS ARE OCCURRING UNDERNEATH DEVELOPING SHOWERS  
AND THUNDERSTORMS, WHERE A FUNNEL CLOUD MAY DEVELOP. ONCE THE RAIN  
BEGINS, THE FUNNEL CLOUD TYPICALLY DISSIPATES.  
 
LOW HANGING CLOUDS CAN ALSO APPEAR TO DIP UP AND DOWN AT TIMES, BUT  
THEY WILL NOT SHOW SIGNS OF ANY RAPID ROTATION. AN ACTUAL FUNNEL  
CLOUD WILL EXHIBIT SPINNING IN A COUNTER-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.  
 
IN RARE INSTANCES, THESE FUNNELS MAY BRIEFLY TOUCH DOWN. STAY ALERT  
AND BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A SAFE SHELTER IF A FUNNEL CLOUD APPROACHES  
THE GROUND.  
 

 
 
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