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Tornado watch issued for northern counties

A tornado watch has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Severe storms are possible in East Central Illinois in the overnight hours. You should monitor the conditions and be prepared to take shelter.

UPDATED: dense fog advisory expires

New:

The dense fog advisory has expired as of 11:20 a.m. Monday.

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Original story:

The dense fog advisory for East Central Illinois has been extended until 12 p.m. Monday. It covers all area counties except Ford, Iroquois and Edgar.

AUDIO: weathering two hurricanes and a tropical storm

The idea of hurricanes or any natural disaster impacting where you live can be a frightening thought for anyone. But when you are going to school on a tropical island, it could be even scarier. Michael Kiser spoke with his sister Sarah Plants, who in just under three weeks has experienced two hurricanes and a tropical storm on the island of St. Kitts.

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Rantoul minister going through second round of hurricane heartache

RANTOUL — Nelson Cuevas went through Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Now in Rantoul, Cuevas can only wait for word from his wife and friends following Hurricane Maria's vicious onslaught in that territory.

Cuevas, who founded and directs the Christian-based Cultivadores Latino Center in Rantoul, also heads a center in Puerto Rico that ministers to the homeless.

Earthquake that hit southeastern Illinois felt in area

Did you feel it? Send an email to jrossow@news-gazette.com.

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.:

ALBION (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

The Reluctant Townie: Looking back on the summer of '17

A brief timeline of events:

Aug. 26: My autumn-loving wife coerces my daughter into drawing a "Happy Fall" sign on a decorative chalkboard to be featured prominently in the living room.

There is heated debate about the appropriateness of such a display and the ethics of radicalizing my elder daughter into supporting her act of seasonal treason.

Speaker at UI's upcoming climate conference laments U.S. policy reversals

Like other climate scientists, John Holdren braced for major change when President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January.

But Holdren, President Barack Obama's chief science and technology adviser, didn't expect it to happen so fast.

As Tampa cleans up, a return to normalcy — and football

TAMPA, Fla. — Brian Siegrist looked out the windows of the University of South Florida's Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center on Tuesday morning to see people walking out of the basketball arena and being loaded into shuttles.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 11, 2017

Having grown up in the St. Louis suburbs, I'm more used to dealing with tornadoes than hurricanes — but having spent many a vacation in Florida, the latter seem to have played more significant roles in my life.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: Lifelong storm tracker in his element

URBANA — After teaching an Introduction to Meteorology class on Wednesday morning — where he covered the developing story of Hurricane Irma — Jeff Frame retreated to his second-floor office in the Natural History Building on the University of Illinois campus, plopped down in front of two monitors and continued following the path of the storm.