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Illinois agencies preparing for storms, flooding

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 4:36 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say state agencies are readying for any effects severe weather may have in Illinois.

A storm system moving across Illinois on Thursday brought thunder storm and tornado warnings. Heavy snow and rain are forecast and could bring potential flooding and dangerous driving conditions.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the State Incident Report Center has been activated to coordinate the state's response to the weather threats.

Also, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway crews are working to clear storm drains. Illinois State Police say they're monitoring road conditions statewide and warned of possible ramp closures and reroutes. And Illinois Emergency Management Agency officials say they're staying in touch with the National Weather Service on any flooding issues.

Motorists were asked to take caution on Illinois roadways.

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