In the Garden | Victims of the storms

Imagine spending years establishing and cultivating a beautiful landscape on your property, only for it to be destroyed in a heartbeat from a severe storm. Couple that with a limb through your roof and you have a real disaster on your hands!

OSF Sacred Heart's ER back to normal after flood repairs finished

DANVILLE — Flood-damage repairs to the emergency room at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville are complete, and it is operating as usual again, the health system announced Friday.

Emergency-department patients can check in at the main ER entrance off Logan Avenue.

The damages were caused by a severe storm resulting in floodwater backup.

Nine digital billboards in Champaign to display tornado warnings

CHAMPAIGN — When you're driving with your windows closed, air conditioning cranked and music blasting, you may not always hear the screech of tornado sirens.

But if you're on certain main roads in Champaign, you'll now be able to see a tornado warning in bright red on a digital billboard.

UPDATED: severe thunderstorm watch trimmed to southern counties

New 5:49 p.m.:

The weather service has trimmed the watch to southern counties, including Coles and Edgar.

Top of the Morning, June 4, 2019

Cleanup efforts from the May 26 tornadoes continued in earnest Monday for the public works departments of the cities of Champaign and Urbana.

Today is the last scheduled day for debris to be placed at the curb for pickup, though both cities said cleanup will continue for several more days.

Wired In: Frank Lombardo

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet FRANK LOMBARDO, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois' Wind Engineering Research Laboratory. It's tornado season, and he's the guy to talk about it.

Urbana district's insurer to cover damages to Yankee Ridge field

URBANA — The Urbana school district's insurance provider will cover the cost of damages at Yankee Ridge Elementary's baseball field after Sunday storms knocked down trees and crushed some of the fencing.

All storm-related damages at Jeff Kaufman Field will be "fully covered," district spokesperson Kameron Williams said Thursday.

Top of the Morning, May 30, 2019

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Storms knock tree onto backstop, peel back roof tiles at Yankee Ridge Elementary

URBANA — Tree: 1. Backstop: 0.

The backstop at Yankee Ridge's Jeff Kaufman Field is down for the count after violent storms Sunday morning blew a tree onto the metal structure.

According to district spokesperson Kameron Williams, it wasn't the only structural damage the school property sustained — although it was the most extensive.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

Update 3:39 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northern Champaign County until 4 p.m. This includes Fisher, Rantoul, and Gifford. The weather service said high wind and hail are the primary threats.