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.

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

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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.

Flood advisories in effect

A flash flood watch is in effect for Douglas, Edgar and Macon counties until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Shelby County until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Do not drive over a flooded road.

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.