The National Weather Service has upgraded the risk for severe weather to high for parts of eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
According to a statement by the NWS Quad City office, conditions are favorable for rapid development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. The greatest risk for severe storms is north of Interstate 80 and east of Highway 218, where the storm prediction center has placed a rare, high risk for severe storms.
At 12:50 p.m., area radars indicated there were no thunderstorms occurring over Iowa or northwest Illinois. However, thunderstorms are expected to rapidly develop and become severe between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Conditions are favorable for supercell thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes. Severe supercell storms are expected to transition into one or more lines of storms with widespread damaging winds late this afternoon.
A tornado watch is expected to be issued for portions of the area this afternoon.
While the threat of severe weather is not imminent, this is a potentially dangerous situation and you should monitor for warnings and make plans for where you will take shelter, if warnings are issued.