The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for several counties in East Central Illinois.
For DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion and Macon Counties, the advisory begins Friday afternoon and runs until Friday evening. For Ford and Iroquois Counties, the advisory begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday.
Evidently, trees have also been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we've seen this fall — their slowness to shed has led to a sluggish start for local leaf pickup.
But falling temperatures this weekend — lows in the 20s and 30s are forecast 10 days out, starting Friday — will ensure the remaining leaves will take a tumble, too, area arborists say.
For the fourth month in a row and the eighth of nine this year, September temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.
It was C-U's sixth-warmest and 20th-wettest September on record dating back to 1888.
On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. Today, Photo Editor JOHN DIXON recalls his journey to cover Friday's tornado.
On Friday night, I had to cover the damage left in the wake of a tornado that destroyed Brenda and Rodney Baird's home near Homer.
Thankfully, nobody was injured. But the Bairds' house was destroyed.
New 3:34 p.m. Friday:
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for western Coles County, southeastern Moultrie County and east central Shelby County until 4:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a pair of advisories for southern counties in East Cental Illinois:
New 8:28 p.m. Thursday:
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for west central Vermilion County and northeastern Champaign County until 11:15 p.m.
A separate flash flood warning runs until 11 p.m. for southwestern Iroquois County and Ford County until 11 p.m.
New 11:29 a.m. Monday:
A flood advisory has been issued for southeastern Champaign County and central Douglas County until 2 p.m. Monday.
A flash flood watch has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until late Monday.
Original story 2:52 p.m. Sunday:
NEW 3:31 p.m. Tuesday:
The excessive heat watch for East Central Illinois has been extended until Saturday night.
From the National Weather Service:
New 7 p.m.:
In Broadlands, a tree was reported down at County Roads 410 N and 2200 E.
New 6:30 p.m.:
Storms and heavy winds was causing downed power lines, fallen trees and power outages in rural Champaign County.
Officials at the Fisher Fair also reported all events scheduled for Wednesday night have been cancelled due to weather.