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Some Illinois residents might have heard the emergency sirens sound early this morning. They usually sound when severe weather hits the area like what was witnessed early this morning.

"It was pretty loud. it woke up my kids too," said Eric Bevans.

Depending on where you live the guidelines for a county sounding their sirens are different. In the Quad City Metro area, it can only be sounded for one of three reasons:
tornadoes, thunderstorms with winds 70 mph or more or  hail.

"I heard hail last night when the sirens went off," said Ledona Strong.

Viewers across the Quad Cities sent pictures showing how large the hail was. Some of it was large enough to shatter car windshields. Residents say the sirens were startling.

"I looked outside immediately. I was kind of scared and didn't know what was going on because usually they go off for tornadoes so I was looking to see if we had a tornado," said Strong.

"When a serious event like that is going on I think its important that you hear and know what's going on in your local community, said Bevans.

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