Updated: homes damaged in Iroquois County after overnight storms

New 1:25 p.m. Saturday:

The Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency said a line of strong storms traveled through the area between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Saturday, causing downed trees and downed power lines. In Martinton, three homes were damaged, two of which had parts of their roofs torn off.

Urbana's Crystal Lake closed after algal bloom spotted

URBANA — Crystal Lake is covered in a green layer of watermeal, but that isn't what led to it being closed Friday.

"It mostly just looks gross and is a sign that things aren't healthy," said Caitlin Lill, a project manager with the Urbana Park District.

Sky watchers won't miss a blip after weather service's radar upgrade

LINCOLN — The nearest weather radar should be back up today after three days offline for upgrades.

And no, the excessive heat blanketing the area this week wasn't to blame.

If everything went according to plan, weather watchers won't notice a difference, according to Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Time for a heat check

Break out the sunscreen, crank up the A/C and remember to replenish Fido's water bowl. A heat wave like none we've seen in recent Julys is about to suffocate Champaign-Urbana — if we're to believe meteorologists, whose forecasts so far this summer have been hit-and-miss. A few numbers around the forecast:

Excessive heat warning

All of East Central Illinois, except for Ford and Iroquois counties, is under either an excessive heat warning or heat advisory starting Wednesday for the next several days.

The National Weather Service says that Macon, Moultrie, and Shelby counties are under the excessive heat warning from 12 p.m. on Wednesday until 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Excessive heat watch

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for most of East Central Illinois from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday night.

The advisory includes Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion counties.

Severe thunderstorm expires for Moultrie County

UPDATE: the warning has been allowed to expire.


From the National Weather Service:

Flash flood watch expires for northern counties

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Ford and Iroquois counties until 9 a.m. Thursday.

More from the weather service:

Heat advisory issued for two area counties

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for DeWitt County from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The heat index could reach 107 degrees.

A separate heat advisory has been issued for Ford County from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The heat index could reach 105 degrees.

Go figure, July 12, 2017: Storm edition


Utility poles knocked down by straight-line winds near county roads 1200 E and 900 N outside Philo, according to Champaign County Highway Department maintenance supervisor Tracy Wingler's count. Two vehicles were in the way but their motorists were not injured, Wingler said.