Urbana hit hard by storm

CHAMPAIGN - For the second time this summer, inclement weather has cancelled a downtown Champaign streetfest.

About 1:30 p.m., the Champaign Park District cancelled the live music event, set to begin at 7 p.m. at Walnut and University avenues.

It also had to cancel the June 9 fest because of threatening weather early in the day.


Flood advisory remains for southeastern Iroquois County

7:06 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for southeastern Iroquois County until 10 p.m. Thursday.


2:20 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 5:15 p.m. Thursday.


12:27 p.m. Thursday update

Forecast for early July: More mugginess, just like June

The local forecast for early July? Think June — only stickier and stormier. With more muggy weather on the way, staff writer ADALBERTO TOLEDO takes a look back at last month and a quick peek ahead, by-the-numbers style:

Feeling muggy? That's because the dew point's at a high — and rising

Yes, it's hot out there, but it's also icky and muggy. The dew point, a measure of how much moisture is in the atmosphere, is rising rapidly and, frankly, making everything uncomfortable. Here's a closer look, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Excessive heat warning issued for weekend

New Thursday:

East Central Illinois is now under an excessive heat warning from Friday morning until Saturday night.


Original story:

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 10 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Gifford tornado victims tell of wind lifting car, pool blowing by 'like a flying saucer'

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GIFFORD — Stormy weather or not, Kara Roseman planned on driving to work Tuesday evening. But the after-hours bank cleaner didn't even make it out of her driveway before she knew that evening's storm wasn't normal.

"The wind picked up, and it started to lift up my car," she said.

UPDATE: Tuesday's tornado near Gifford was an EF-1

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m. Wednesday:

GIFFORD — The National Weather service said the tornado that touched down Tuesday night between Rantoul and Gifford in rural Champaign County had wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Weather watchwords for June so far: Wet, wild

With four days left this month, Champaign-Urbana has already seen 8.24 inches of rain, making it the ninth-rainiest June on record. Here's a look at some weather info and its implications, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Cities done with storm cleanup, but residents face long road

CHAMPAIGN — It's been more than two weeks since the National Weather Service determined that two EF-0 tornadoes touched down in southwest Champaign, and though they lasted less than a minute each, residents are facing years of damage control.

Weather roundup: Funnel clouds spotted; flood advisory expires

The National Weather Service reported Friday afternoon that several funnel clouds have been spotted Friday on a line from Danville to Champaign to Taylorville.

The weather service said on rare occasions, the funnel clouds may briefly touch down and become a tornado.

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