UPDATE: Power back in St. Joseph, Homer after storm knocks over poles

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.:

ST. JOSEPH — Ameren Illinois reports that as of 8 p.m., power has been restored in the St. Joseph area.

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Original story, published 7:35 p.m.:

ST. JOSEPH — Thursday's late-afternoon storm caused power outages and knocked down utility poles and power lines in eastern Champaign County.

Funnel clouds spotted near Champaign; flood warning issued for northern counties

SAVOY — As storms rolled through East Central Illinois Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported funnel clouds were sighted just after 3 p.m. to the west of Willard Airport in Savoy.

The weather service said in rare cases, the funnel clouds may touch down. You should monitor the weather conditions and be prepared to take shelter.

Update: severe thunderstorm watch expires

New 8:30 p.m.:

The watch has been allowed to expire early.


Original story:

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 10 p.m. Monday for the following counties in our area: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Shelby.

UI assessing flood damage at Krannert Center

This weekend's graduation ceremonies won't be affected by flooding damage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and minor wind damage at Memorial Stadium during Wednesday night's storm, University of Illinois officials said.

Krannert spokeswoman Bridget Lee-Calfas said the flooding happened at around 9 p.m. as strong storms rolled through the area.

Flash flood watch

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday for Ford and Iroquois counties.

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms have produced heavy rainfall over much of the warned area since yesterday afternoon.

Rainfall is expected to taper off this morning.

April 2018's showers no help for May flowers

CHAMPAIGN — In a month normally known for its rain, April 2018 will be remembered for its snow.

Dangerous fire conditions today

The National Weather Service says part of East Central Illinois will be under dangerous fire conditions from noon Tuesday until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The red flag warning includes Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties.

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Slick roads leading to multiple crashes

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Illinois State Police are responding to multiple crashes on Interstate 74 on Monday morning.

More snow next weekend?

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CHAMPAIGN — This is supposed to be the week that Champaign-Urbana has its last spring freeze; the average date of the last 32-degree temperature locally coming on April 13 (Friday).