UPDATE: Tornado watch canceled; high-wind warning remains

UPDATE: Tornado watch canceled; high-wind warning remains

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m. Thursday:

The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for the area, as storms have "rapidly pushed to the northeast."

The high-wind warning remains. Willard Airport in Savoy recorded a gust of 48 miles per hour Thursday afternoon.

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UPDATE, 12:42 p.m. Thursday:

A tornado watch continues until 5 p.m. Thursday for the following counties: Champaign, Vermilion, Ford, Iroquois, DeWitt and Piatt.

A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning means one is imminent.

You should monitor the conditions and be prepared to take shelter.

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UPDATE, 7:48 a.m. Thursday:

The National Weather Service said most of East Central Illinois is under a high-wind warning until 10 p.m. Thursday.

The warning includes Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion counties. Winds could gust as high as 65 miles per hour in some places.

Meanwhile, DeWitt, Ford and Iroquois counties are under a wind advisory until 10 p.m. Thursday. Wind gusts could range from 45 to 55 miles per hour.

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Original story, published 3:40 p.m. Wednesday:

The National Weather Service said wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour are possible Thursday.

The weather service has issued a high-wind watch for Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

You should be careful while driving, especially in a large vehicle like a semitrailer truck or in an area where there are no objects to knock the wind down.

Things like lawn furniture, small tree limbs, and loose siding and roofing could be blown around. There could be some isolated power outages as well.

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