Updated: Severe thunderstorms likely today, tonight
Updated 5:54 p.m.
From the National Weather Service
...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHERN CHAMPAIGN AND SOUTHEASTERN MCLEAN COUNTIES IS CANCELLED...
THE STORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS WEAKENED BELOW SEVERE LIMITS...AND NO LONGER POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY.
Updated at 5:26 p.m.
From the National Weather Service
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN DE WITT...NORTHERN CHAMPAIGN...NORTHERN PIATT AND SOUTHEASTERN MCLEAN COUNTIES UNTIL 545 PM CDT...
AT 518 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FISHER...AND MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
RANTOUL...THOMASBORO...GIFFORD...DEWEY...LUDLOW...FLATVILLE AND ROYAL.
INTERSTATE 57 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 235 AND 256.
INTERSTATE 72 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 173 AND 182.
INTERSTATE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 153 AND 184.
EVERYONE AT THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM AND
SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Updated at 5:05 p.m.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LINCOLN HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHERN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
DE WITT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
SOUTHEASTERN MCLEAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN PIATT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
* UNTIL 545 PM CDT
* AT 457 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LE ROY...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... RANTOUL...DE LAND...FARMER CITY...MANSFIELD...MAHOMET...LAKE OF THE WOODS...FISHER...THOMASBORO...GIFFORD...LODGE...GALESVILLE... BELLFLOWER...FOOSLAND...DEWEY...LUDLOW...FLATVILLE AND ROYAL.
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 57 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 235 AND 257.
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 72 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 172 AND 182.
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 150 AND 184.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.
LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING KILLS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
From the National Weather Service:
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of central Illinois and East Central Illinois.
Day one...this afternoon and tonight
Severe thunderstorms are likely across central Illinois from midafternoon through mid-evening. Severe wind gusts of 60 to 75 mph are the greatest threat...with some potential of gusts over 75 mph. In addition large hail golf ball or larger and a couple tornadoes are possible. Very heavy rains and frequent lightning is a risk as well.
Hot and humid tropical conditions are also expected this afternoon. Heat indices around 100 degrees will approach hazardous levels for prolonged exposure or physical activity.
Isolated thunderstorms may linger on Sunday especially east of the Illinois River.
From the city of Champaign:
The City of Champaign Public Works Dept. is mobilizing resources in preparation for the potential severe weather that is forecasted for this afternoon and evening (Sat., July 26, 2014). According to the National Weather Service, high winds, hail, and heavy rain may accompany this storm.
The Public Works Dept. storm crew will consist of arborists, maintenance workers, and traffic/lighting workers. The crew will report at 2:00 pm and stay as long as needed.
Citizens are encouraged to take appropriate precautions when driving as some streets and intersections may contain large amounts of rainfall or downed tree limbs. Any flooding of streets or tree limbs on public right-of-way should be reported to the Public Works Dept. at 217-403-4700. If citizens would like to assist with preparation activities, they may clear inlets in their neighborhood of debris. Remember to clear the inlet while standing above the road level if water is present.