Wind gusts up to 50 mph were blamed for scattered power outages in East Central Illinois on Sunday.
According to information on AmerenIP's Web site – www.ameren.com – this morning, virtually no customers in the Champaign-Urbana area were without power. But on Sunday afternoon, more than 800 customers in the Champaign-Urbana-Danville area had no power.
CHAMPAIGN – Before Thursday night's rains and warmer temperatures made the issue moot, the city ordered a contractor to shovel sidewalks in front of nearly 30 downtown and Campustown businesses.
Among them was Andy's Enterprise and Andy's Towing, 515 N. Market St. And Andy Davis, the owner of those businesses, is very unhappy about it.
CHAMPAIGN – A 24-hour reprieve ended at 8 a.m. today for more than 30 downtown and Campustown property owners who have failed to shovel their sidewalks, as a new city ordinance requires.
Meanwhile, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing intends to propose mandatory sidewalk shoveling for the whole city.
CHAMPAIGN – Several stores were forced to close their doors for a few hours on Sunday after freezing rain caused a power outage on Champaign's north side.
About 3,500 customers were without power beginning around 11 a.m., according to Ameren spokesman Neal Johnson.
Police reported several minor accidents on East Central Illinois highways on Saturday as freezing rain caused roadways to turn slick.
"We've had a lot of weather-related incidents," said Illinois State Police Sgt. Mike Sturgeon of District 10 in Pesotum. "There were some injuries, but they appear to be minor," he said.
CISCO – When Brad Miller of Champaign left home before 5 a.m. Saturday to go duck hunting on the Sangamon River near Decatur, it was cold and crisp, nothing that would make him and his buddies think about canceling the trip.
"Getting out to our blind, we broke skim ice on the river," Miller said Saturday afternoon. "It started sleeting a little bit and then it started freezing rain. If we'd known it was like this, we'd still be hunting."
OGDEN – Minor damage may have been caused by a possible tornado near Ogden Thursday night.
"We had a possible funnel cloud," Champaign County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Keller said this morning. "We are not sure it touched down."
With high heat and humidity making everybody uncomfortable, officials warn that it can be dangerous as well.
"The time when we have the most problems are when the body temperature, outside temperature and humidity all get to be about the same," said Dr. James Ellis, chairman of emergency services for Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
DANVILLE – Local agencies are making adjustments – and recommendations – to beat the heat.
CRIS Senior Services is inviting seniors who don't have air conditioning to cool off at its facility at 309 N. Franklin St. for as long as a heat advisory remains in effect, President and Chief Executive Officer Amy Henkelman said. The center will be open past its usual 4 p.m. closing time and could remain open as late as 8 p.m., depending on the need.
CHAMPAIGN – Lightning from Tuesday morning's storm sparked a fire that heavily damaged a Champaign home.
A release from the Champaign Fire Department said no one was living in the home at 1011 W. Charles St., which is owned by Jim Carnahan and Debbie Thurston, who live next door at 1013 W. Charles St. and were apparently home at the time of the fire.