The Illinois State Fair isn’t taking any chances – it wants to ensure patrons are safe every day, during nice weather days and… not so nice weather days.
Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln, says the threshold is low for what’s considered dangerous in an open air setting like the state fair.
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“Any thunderstorm with lightning can be a danger,” Miller says. “Particularly thunderstorms that have very high wind gusts can cause injuries or worse, as we’ve seen in some areas of the country already this year.”
Miller says the weather service will be working with state fair coordinators all day throughout its run. Warnings will be announced over loudspeakers and, if inclement weather comes around, seek shelter in a sturdy, permanent building on the grounds. Not a tent or a trailer.