The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for East Central Illinois, in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Counties under the advisory include Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, DeWitt, Piatt, Macon, Moultrie, Shelby, Ford and Iroquois.
The weather service says wind speeds will be in the 25 to 35 miles per hour range, with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour possible. Travel may become difficult on east-west oriented roadways, such as Interstate 74, Interstate 72 and Interstate 70. You should also secure any outdoor items, such as lawn furniture, to prevent them from blowing away.
The National Weather Service has also issued a Red Flag Warning for Ford and Iroquois counties until 8 p.m. Thursday.
A Red Flag Warning means a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and a low relative humidity will elevate the risk for fires to spread rapidly. You should refrain from any outdoor burning in Ford and Iroquois counties today and also be on the look out for smoke that could signal an out of control fire.
In addition, a no burn order has been issued for the city of Danville in Vermilion County until sunset on Thursday.