A warm, dry end to a wet, stormy week

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Over 140 storm reports Wednesday night into early Thursday morning and most were for wind damage. Preliminary reports from the Storm Prediction Center indicate 80% were wind and wind damage reports. The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes over Illinois. An EF-2 tornado with estimated top wind speeds of 115 to 125 mph cut a path more than 11 miles long through the city of Pontiac. Its maximum width was about four football fields wide. That tornado injured four people.  Survey crews also three EF-1 tornadoes, with maximum winds up to 110 mph, that struck Cissna Park, Ottawa and West Brooklyn. No injuries resulted from those storms, but they downed trees, damaged buildings and flattened corn stalks.

In Indiana , just after 12 AM a report of a 100 mph topped was reported in northern Tippecanoe county. That storm roared southeast bringing damage into Clinton county early Thursday morning. Several counties across Indiana reported trees and power lines down but there no confirmed tornado reports across central Indiana. Looking ahead we'll have lower humidity and milder temps on Friday. The heat and humidity will return this weekend with highs in the 90s and the heat index near 100 degrees. Expect a dry Saturday and few isolated storms on Sunday.


So far June temps have been above average.


Our 90-degree days are ahead of last year's pace.


This will be a hot, humid weekend.

Regional Front Map1

Our next chance for t-storms will come Sunday.

Regional Front Map2

The rain will end early on Monday.

Regional Front Map3

Temperatures and humidity will be lower by Tuesday.

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