LIVE: Weather reports for Feb. 20

NEW 11:20 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for rain and melting snow until 5 a.m. Friday.

Affected areas include Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties.

At 11:01 p.m., police reported that many rural roads across the area remained flooded.

NEW 11:10 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory in effect until 3 a.m. Friday.

Affected areas include Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Westerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts to 40 mph will continue through 3 a.m. before gradually subsiding over night.

NEW 6:30 p.m. The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency reports that all county and township roads are experiencing flooding due to snow melt and rain.

The rapid snow melt combined with rainfall through the area has resulted in a dangerous flood situation, according to spokesman Rick Atterberry.

Road crews were in the process of putting up water on pavement signs throughout the county. However, with more flooding expected, there will not be enough signs for every flooded location in the county.

NEW 6:25 p.m. The Champaign County Highway Department advised drivers to use extreme caution when approaching standing water.

NEW 6:20 p.m. State police report that U.S. 150 west of Mahomet has been temporarily closed due to flooding. As much as 6 inches of water was reported on the road at about 6 p.m.

NEW 6:05 p.m. Kennedy Tucker of Ameren Illinois reports that 3,144 customers in the Champaign-Urbana area are without power.

Tucker said that strong winds have knocked down some transmission lines.

Ameren Illinois crews were reported on their way to repair the transmission lines.

Tucker said it is too early to tell when power will be restored to the affected areas.

NEW 5:55 p.m. A flash flood warning has been issued for Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties until 11:30 p.m.

At 5:44 p.m., slow  moving  thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall were reported across the area. Rainfall rates of 3 to 4 inches per hour were causing major flooding with numerous roads impassable due to water.

NEW 5:53 p.m. Spotters report numerous roads flooded in the city of Champaign.

NEW 5:22 p.m.:  A tornado warning has been issued for portions of Coles and Edgar counties until 5:45 p.m.

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NEW 5:15 p.m.:  A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Coles County, eastern Douglas County, Edgar County and southeastern Shelby County until 6 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:50 p.m.:  A tornado warning has been issued for southeastern Moultrie County and southeastern Shelby County until 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:47 p.m.:  A tornado watch has been issued for Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby, Piatt and Vermilion counties until 9 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:45 p.m.:  A tornado warning has been issued for northwestern Coles County, western Douglas County, Moultrie County, southeastern Piatt County and eastern Shelby County until 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:25 p.m.:  A tornado warning has been issued for southeastern Shelby County until 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:20 p.m.:  The first weather related cancellation is in.  Read about it here.

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NEW 4:15 p.m.:  A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for western Coles County, western Douglas County, Macon County, Moultrie County, southern Piatt County and Shelby County until 5 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 4:15 p.m.:  A tornado warning has been issued for southwestern DeWitt and northwestern Macon counties until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 3:55 p.m.:  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Douglas, Macon, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby, Coles, DeWitt and Piatt counties until 9 p.m. Thursday.

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NEW 2:35 p.m.:  The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the Champaign County Highway Department report the following:

All county and township roads are experiencing flooding due to snow melt and rain.  Road crews are in the process of putting up water on pavement signs throughout the county; however with more flooding expected there will not be enough signs for every flooded location in the county.  Use extreme caution when approaching standing water.  As temperatures drop, roads will become slick and icy.   There are also areas of dense fog throughout the county.  Please drive carefully.

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Two weather advisories are in play for East Central Illinois.

A flood watch remains in effect for the following counties until 6 p.m. Thursday:  Champaign, DeWitt, Macon, McLean, Piatt and Vermilion.  The flood watch is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday for Ford and Iroquois counties.  

Also, the following counites are under a high wind warning from 3 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday:  Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Macon, Piatt and DeWitt.  For Ford and Iroquois counites, the high wind warning is in effect  from 5 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service said the melting snow and heavy rainfall on Thursday may lead to standing water and local flooding.  Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour are expected as well.

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