UPDATED: tornado watch expires

New 5:00 p.m.

The tornado watch has expired for all area counties.


New 3:37 p.m. Sunday:

The tornado watch has been trimmed to unclude just Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby and Moultrie counties.


New 2:24 p.m. Sunday:

October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was the eighth-wettest October in local weather history, with 6.31 inches of rain, nearly twice as much as the October average of 3.26 inches.

It was cold in the area, but only for a spell

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel said it got down to 31 degrees Monday morning in Champaign-Urbana, the lowest temperature this fall. It was the first time below freezing this season.

"We are actually about two weeks late this year," he said.

No worries, Angel said: Temperatures are expected to rise to the 40s today, 50s on Wednesday and 65 on Thursday.

Freeze warning issued for Tuesday morning

A freeze warning has been issued for several area counties from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. The counties include: Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion.

Temperatures will dip to around 30 degrees late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The freeze could damage or kill plants which are sensitive to cold temperatures.

Frost advisory issued for Thursday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for all of East Central Illinois from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday.

The temperature could reach the low 30s. So bring your plants and pets inside or make sure they have a heat source. And check on people who may not have a reliable heat source in their home.

Tornado watch issued for northern counties

A tornado watch has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Severe storms are possible in East Central Illinois in the overnight hours. You should monitor the conditions and be prepared to take shelter.

UPDATED: dense fog advisory expires


The dense fog advisory has expired as of 11:20 a.m. Monday.


Original story:

The dense fog advisory for East Central Illinois has been extended until 12 p.m. Monday. It covers all area counties except Ford, Iroquois and Edgar.

AUDIO: weathering two hurricanes and a tropical storm

The idea of hurricanes or any natural disaster impacting where you live can be a frightening thought for anyone. But when you are going to school on a tropical island, it could be even scarier. Michael Kiser spoke with his sister Sarah Plants, who in just under three weeks has experienced two hurricanes and a tropical storm on the island of St. Kitts.


Rantoul minister going through second round of hurricane heartache

RANTOUL — Nelson Cuevas went through Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Now in Rantoul, Cuevas can only wait for word from his wife and friends following Hurricane Maria's vicious onslaught in that territory.

Cuevas, who founded and directs the Christian-based Cultivadores Latino Center in Rantoul, also heads a center in Puerto Rico that ministers to the homeless.

Earthquake that hit southeastern Illinois felt in area

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UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.:

ALBION (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.