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In Illinois, Severe Weather takes the Spotlight in March

As the weather warms up, we will start to see severe storms in St. Charles. It’s a good idea to know what to do before the weather turns bad. A couple of terms that are important to know:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. The St. Charles Emergency Management Agency uses a combination of both trained severe weather spotters as well as radar monitoring in the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

Safety Tips

  1. Listen for the City’s outside warning sirens for a tornado warning.
  2. Pick a safe place in your home to gather during a thunderstorm away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  3. Do not drive through a flooded area. Your vehicle could get stuck or swept away.
  4. Do not walk through flooded areas/flowing water. Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet.
  5. Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains. Flood waters can carry dangerous items and may suck smaller people into culverts or drains.
  6. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, and turn off your power before it floods. Do not touch any electrical devices if you are wet or standing in water.

More is at or contact St. Charles Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Chmura at 630.762.7091 or

updated Mar 21, 2019