- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Severe weather predictions have prompted Illinois emergency officials to ask residents to be prepared if storm warnings are issued.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall and dangerous thunderstorms are possible for most of Illinois starting Wednesday evening through Thursday night. Forecasters say lightning, hail and damaging winds could occur.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency director James Joseph warns residents to be aware of the severe weather chances. He says residents should be prepared to seek shelter and not go down flooded roads.

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