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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.

Funnel cloud spotted south of Gifford

GIFFORD — The National Weather service said a funnel cloud was spotted at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday about 4 miles south of Gifford.

The weather service said Tuesday's conditions can lead to "weak rotations." In rare cases, a funnel cloud can touch down and become a tornado.

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

Just Askin' | Facebook's Safety Check feature

Q: Who decided to activate the Facebook's Safety Check feature during the storms on June 10?

A: That would be Facebook, without input from local public-safety officials.

Officials at the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the sheriff's office said they had nothing to do with it.

UPDATED: Heat advisory issued for area this weekend

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Friday:

All of East Central Illinois is now under the heat advisory.

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Original story:

The National Weather Service says a portion of East Central Illinois will be under a Heat Advisory this weekend.

Sheriff defends decision not to sound tornado sirens

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh defended the decision not to sound tornado sirens Sunday but said officials are discussing refinements to the procedure.

On Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes briefly touched down just after 2:15 p.m. in southwest Champaign, damaging roofs, trees and driveway basketball hoops.

EMA director on tornado sirens: 'I stand by the decision that was made'

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CHAMPAIGN — Despite two brief tornadoes hitting southwest Champaign on Sunday afternoon, the city's tornado sirens weren't activated.

Top of the Morning, June 12, 2018

Only once in 65 years has the UI Open been canceled, with bad greens to blame in 1962.

Organizers are confident that total won't rise despite dozens of damaged trees making the Orange course in Savoy unplayable on Monday. Sunday's intense storms took a toll on the tree-lined 18-hole layout.