UPDATED: Storms cause widespread power outages and tree damage

UPDATED: Storms cause widespread power outages and tree damage

UPDATE, 9:39 a.m.:

Ameren Illinois crews are continuing to work to restore power to thousand of customers after a strong storm system moved through the area early Thursday morning.

The Ameren outage map shows that there are now nearly 7,300 customers in Champaign, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt, and Vermilion counties without power. Around 1,500 of those are in Champaign County and about 1,700 of those are in Iroquois County.

Champaign-Urbana had nearly 4,000 customers without electricity earlier Thursday morning.

From the Ford County Record: Storm knocks down trees, power poles, flips over camper in Sibley

Champaign County Emergency Management Coordinator John Dwyer said there have not been any reports of major damage in the area. Dwyer said there are some power lines down, as well as some trees and branches.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 68 miles per hour at Willard Airport in Savoy around 1:50 a.m. Thursday.

ABOVE: A FedEx truck tipped over on the westbound lanes of Interstate 74 near Oakwood.

In Piatt County, an emergency manager reported to the National Weather Service that there is extensive damage across Cisco. The damage included trees falling on houses, garages and cars. A more-than-100-year-old tree was completely knocked over next to the fire station and a grain bin was lifted and moved into the roadway near the old F-S plant.

From the Piatt County Journal-Republican: 'For the amount of tree damage, I think we're pretty lucky.'

Meanwhile, all Oakwood schools are closed Thursday due to the power outages in that community, and Carle officials reported closures as a result of no power.

The Carle facility on Vermilion Street in Danville is closed, and officials are contacting patients with appointments to reschedule. The Carle location at 311 W. Fairchild St. in Danville is open, however, and patients seeking urgent care should go to Carle Convenient Care Plus at that Fairchild Street location.

And U.S. 150 between Fithian and Muncie will be closed to all traffic for most of the day as crews are on scene repairing several power lines that were damaged by the storms. Use caution if you are traveling in the area and plan for an alternate route.

Also, Illinois 49 at 2000 North Vermillion County road is closed due to power lines down in that roadway.

Staff writer Tracy Crane contributed to this report.

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UPDATE, 7:52 a.m.:

The storm system that moved through the area early Thursday morning has resulted in thousands of power outages.

The Ameren outage map shows that there are now nearly 10,000 customers in Champaign, Iroquois, Macon, and Vermilion counties without power, with about 3,900 of those in Iroquois County and around 1,900 in Champaign County.

Champaign-Urbana currently has about 900 customers without electricity at this hour. That number was at nearly 4,000 earlier Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, all Oakwood schools are closed Thursday due to the power outages in that community.

And U.S. 150 between Fithian and Muncie will be closed to all traffic for most of the day as crews are on scene repairing several power lines that were damaged by the storms.

Use caution if you are traveling in the area and plan for an alternate route.

Also, Illinois 49 at 2000 North Vermillion County road is closed due to power lines down in that roadway.

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Original story, published 7 a.m. Thursday:

U.S. 150 between Fithian and Muncie will be closed to traffic most of today as crews repair power lines damaged during early-morning storms.

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