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National Weather Service: Two brief, weak tornadoes hit Champaign

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UPDATE, 7 a.m. Tuesday:

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

Local tornado sirens fail test; disconnected wires to blame

CHAMPAIGN — If you felt like something was missing this morning, you were right.

None of the tornado sirens in Champaign, Urbana or Savoy sounded the alarm for their regularly scheduled 10 a.m. test on the first Tuesday of the month.

Hot, dry May sets new temperature record in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — If it seemed hotter than usual last month, you were on to something: State climatologist Jim Angel said average temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal every day in May, making for a new record.

Angel said the average temperature for the month overall was 71.1 degrees, just breaking the previous record of 70.7 degrees set in 1977.

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.

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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.