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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Friday, August 13, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on each state legislator to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That comes after a recent WBEZ survey of lawmakers.

  • A nearly stationary line of heavy thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of Champaign, Ford and McLean Counties Thursday.

  • Like other industries, the clean energy sector took a big employment hit during the pandemic.

  • Two more Champaign County residents have died of COVID-19, bringing the county death toll to 164. Public health officials reported 64 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The number of active cases now sits at over 740, the highest total since mid-February. 

In today’s deep dive, we learn how farmers and ranchers could have a role in convincing their neighbors in rural areas to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reporting today contributed by Tony Arnold, Jim Meadows, Dana Cronin and Christine Herman.

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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois. She’s a senior producer for the Illinois Student Newsroom and regularly covers arts and culture, education, and social justice issues affecting local communities. Along with her work for WILL, she was also the buzz Editor at The Daily Illini and hosts an arts and culture radio talkshow on WPGU 107.1 F.M.

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.