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VILLA GROVE — Drought and heat really took a toll on green beans and sweet corn at the Kleiss Produce Farm west of Villa Grove this year.
"We do a lot of irrigation, but it has really hammered the sweet corn and green beans pretty bad," Bob Kleiss said.
Extreme heat cut yields on green beans to less than 20 percent of normal, he said.
URBANA — Tonight's Meadowbrook Jazz Walk has been postponed until Saturday due to thunderstorms in the area.
The event has been rescheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Meadowbrook Park, according to Urbana Park District spokeswoman Dana Mancuso.
UPDATED 2:20 p.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service is warning about severe weather in East Central Illinois.
The latest update, issued at 2:17 p.m.:
Update: 1:30 p.m.
The severe thunderstorm watch for East Central Illinois has been canceled.
URBANA — It's still summer, but low-income seniors and people with disabilities can begin signing up for an appointment to apply for help with winter heating bills on Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has canceled its showing of "The Maltese Falcon" that was scheduled for Sunday evening at Hessel Park.
"Due to weather, tonight's concert at Hessel Park and the screening of 'The Maltese Falcon' have been canceled," the park district says on its website. "There is no rain date."
CHAMPAIGN - Public works crews for Champaign planned to respond to problem areas of flooding as needed Saturday night and Sunday morning.
UPDATED 5:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service has extended a tornado watch for much of central Illinois, including some counties on the state line with Indiana. Champaign, Vermiliion, Douglas, Edgar and Coles counties are included.
The original notice from the weather service:
CHAMPAIGN — For the 11th consecutive month, temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal.
But for the first month since January, precipitation also was above normal.
The overall mean temperature for August in Champaign-Urbana was 74.4 degrees, 1 degree above normal, said state climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey.
Here's where you can share road conditions with others who are coming to the University of Illinois football game today.
At 6 a.m. Saturday, streets between downtown Champaign and Memorial Stadium were wet but otherwise fine. No intersections were flooded.