CHAMPAIGN — Drivers of oversized vehicles will have a new place to park for Saturday's football game between Illinois and Western Michigan.
With the remnants of Hurricane Isaac headed toward central Illinois this weekend, the university has made changes for fans with oversized vehicles who have passes for grass lots.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the following counties until 10 p.m. Friday: Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Piatt, Macon, Shelby, DeWitt and Moultrie.
Updated 9:20 a.m. Friday
CHAMPAIGN — The anticipated arrival of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac has already led to the cancellation of the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day parade in Urbana and the postponement of the Westville fireworks show.
The Champaign Park District also canceled Saturday night's Mr. Turtle's Backyard Bash and evening concert.
CHAMPAIGN — Utility and local government officials are preparing for a possible history-making rainfall this weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac rumble across central Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — If record-breaking rains caused by remnants of Hurricane Isaac come to East Central Illinois this weekend, conditions could be perfect for flooded basements, even those that have never flooded before, said one expert on moisture in roofs, walls and foundations.
The Ameren utility companies say they are watching the path of Hurricane Isaac and are preparing to ensure a timely response should the remnants of the storm wreak havoc in Illinois and Missouri.
If Hurricane Isaac stays on track, it could mean record-breaking rainfall for the area this weekend.
According to the National Hurricane Center's latest forecast, issued at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the remnants of Issac are expected to enter Illinois late Saturday or early Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN — The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will send three area volunteers to Tampa, Fla., to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac.
"We're kind of getting some of our teams in place before it hits land, and afterwards we'll see what we have and see what we need," said Jamie Davis, the chapter's emergency services coordinator.
SPRINGFIELD — Last week's cooler temperatures and above-normal rainfall improved Illinois soil moisture and perked up the soybean crop a bit.
Plus, the corn harvest picked up steam, with 3 percent of the state's corn crop harvested as of Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
TILTON — With so little rain this summer, maintenance workers at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home didn't realize two sections of the facility's roof had suffered hail damage until about two weeks ago when the area received its first significant rainfall in weeks.