Update: The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that ended at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, which was followed by a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that expired at 3 p.m.
From the City of Evanston:
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Evanston area today until 2:30 p.m. Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible, along with ping pong ball-sized hail.
What you can do
- Secure loose outdoor items. Patio furniture, holiday decorations, sports equipment, trash cans and other items can become dangerous in high winds. Bring these items indoors, if possible, or make sure they’re secure if outdoors.
- Listen for the emergency sirens. The City’s outdoor emergency sirens will sound in the event of a severe weather emergency. If the sirens sound, seek shelter indoors away from windows and glass.
- Report problems. See the infographic below for how to report a variety of issues, from power outages to downed tree branches.
City staff ready to respond
Evanston public works crews, forestry staff, 311 and first responders are on alert and prepared to respond to any issues that arise.
Check the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Help us respond by reporting issues
- Dial 911 to report downed power lines and emergencies. Always call 911 to report an immediate threat to life or safety.
- Report downed trees, flooding and other non-emergency issues to 311. Call or text 847-448-4311 or submit a service request online at cityofevanston.org/311.
- Report power outages. Check ComEd’s Outage Map for power outages in your area. Report any outages online or call 1-800-EDISON-1.
Sign up for emergency notifications
Did you know? The City of Evanston uses the EvanstonAlerts emergency notification system to notify community members in the event of emergencies, such as critical police activity, evacuations, hazardous materials spill/release, and safety alerts. Sign up for EvanstonAlerts here.