Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area
UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday
The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.
But it has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. Thursday for Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.
Meanwhile, a flash-flood warning has been issued until 7 a.m. Thursday for Champaign, Piatt and Vermilion counties.
In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Sugar Creek at Milford, affecting Iroquois County.
At 11:22 p.m., the National Weather Service reported strong thunderstorms along a line from Gilman to Potomac, moving northeast at 55 mph.
At 10:37 p.m., a line of severe thunderstorms was spotted along a line from Thomasboro to Hindsboro, moving east at 55 mph.
Between 2 and 4 inches of rain was estimated by radar along a line from Bement to Champaign to Rossville.
At 10:50 p.m., National Weather Service radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line from 8 miles southwest of Paxton to Thomasboro, moving east at 60 mph.
People in Rantoul, Thomasboro, Gifford, Rankin, Potomac, Rossville and Hoopeston are asked to monitor the weather situation closely.
Also at 10:50 p.m., a line of severe thunderstorms was spotted along a line from 5 miles north of St. Joseph to Redmon, moving east at 55 mph.
Locations affected include Danville, Sidell, Fairmount, Oakwood, Chrisman, Catlin, Ridge Farm, Georgetown, Westville, Tilton, Jamaica, Indianola, the Edgar County Airport, Kickapoo State Park, Bismarck and the Vermilion County Airport.
Then, at 11 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located in Rantoul, moving northeast at 55 mph.
A severe thunderstorm watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service said at 10:15 p.m. it was tracking a strong thunderstorm 8 miles northeast of Clinton, moving northeast at 55 mph. People in Champaign, DeWitt, McLean and Piatt counties are asked to monitor the situation closely.
Then, at 10:32 p.m., National Weather Service radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line from Saybrook to Hindsboro, moving east at 55 mph.