Stormy Skies Possible This Weekend

URBANA – The National Weather Service in Central Illinois advises that you stay weather aware this weekend. Strong thunderstorms are possible late Friday night into Saturday morning. Damaging wind gusts, embedded tornadoes and large hail are possible. That could be followed this weekend with heavy rain. The Champaign-Urbana area could receive between two and three […]

Strong Storms Possible On Sunday Afternoon

This is a severe weather blog for June 27, 2021. It will be updated throughout the afternoon. Updated at 5:58 p.m. Updated at 5:00 p.m. Updated at 12:15 p.m. For the third straight day, the National Weather Service in Central Illinois is predicting strong to severe thunderstorms for the Champaign-Urbana area and surrounding communities. Storms […]

Severe Storms Prompt Warnings Across Central Illinois

This is a severe weather blog for June 26, 2021. It will be updated throughout the afternoon. Updated at 6:52 p.m. Updated at 6:42 p.m. The National Weather Service extended the Tornado Watch until 9:00 PM CDT for Vermilion, Champaign, Moultrie and Douglas Counties.  Updated at 6:25 p.m. Updated at 6:05 p.m. Updated at 5:56 […]

Central Illinois Faces Friday Afternoon Storms, Tornadoes and Floods

Updated Friday at 10:50 p.m. Updated Friday at 10:22 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:56 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:52 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:32 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:21 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:18 p.m. Updated Friday at 8:00 p.m. There are no reports of major damage or injuries after a brief tornado in Central […]

Small Tornadoes Reported In Central Illinois

Updated Thursday at 3:07 p.m. Updated Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Updated Thursday at 2:57 p.m. URBANA – The Tornado Warning has been allowed to expire. Updated Thursday at 2:46 p.m. URBANA – A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 3:00 p.m. for Moultrie and Shelby Counties. The area includes Windsor, Findlay, and Gays. Another tornado […]

Weather Service: 4 Tornadoes Confirmed In Central Illinois

MECHANICSBURG — The National Weather Service said Tuesday that four tornadoes touched down Monday evening in central Illinois but no damage was reported as the storms swept across farm fields and open areas. One tornado touchdown was confirmed Arenzville in Cass County, while three others were confirmed in Sangamon County – one near Pleasant Plains, […]

217 Today Podcast — Oct. 9, 2020

Apple Podcasts  Spotify Podcasts  Google Podcasts  RSS Link Friday, October 9, 2020 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker is warning of painful budget cuts if the graduated income tax plan fails at the polls next month. In August, a tornado ripped through the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland. We get an update on how the farm is […]

Severe Storms Bring Tornadoes And Heavy Rain To Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Severe thunderstorms in Illinois caused tornadoes and other hazards on Wednesday afternoon. Meterorologist Andrew Pritchard captured a picture of a large tornado around 5:20 p.m. in Divernon, a small community 16 miles south of Springfield in Sangamon County. “This was a large tornado that developed very quickly,” said Pritchard. “There was a little […]

News Around Illinois – May 25, 2020

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State COVID-19 Cases Top 110,000 SPRINGFIELD – On Sunday, the state reported 2,508 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 110,304. Illinois Department of Public Health also reported an additional 67 deaths, making the statewide total 4,856. The Coles County health department says two more residents of Charleston Rehab and Healthcare died of COVID-19. The […]