There are a number of severe weather hazards that affect Illinois, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, floods and flash floods, damaging winds and large hail. Severe weather hazards have the potential to cause extensive property damage, injury and/or death.
By planning ahead, you and your family will be better protected in the event of thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.
Severe winter storms can cause widespread damage and disruption. Heavy snow often results in paralyzed transportation systems, automobile accidents due to slippery roads and stranded vehicles. Glazing from ice storms can topple utility lines and poles, and make travel virtually impossible. These conditions can be a threat to life. Nearly 80 people in the United States die from winter Storms and extreme cold every year, which is more than the fatalities due to tornadoes!