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Region Still Recovering from Storms This Week

Jun 29, 2018
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There are still thousands of Ameren Illinois customers without electricity.

In southern Illinois, Williamson and Franklin Counties are reporting the most outages.

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With excessive heat headed to the region this weekend, cooling centers are opening up around the region.

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One of the strongest weather events in the region's history occurred nine years ago Tuesday.

On May 8th, 2009, a storm system classified as a Derecho brought widespread damaging winds from 70 to 90 mph to a corridor through southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

Winter Storm Watch Cancelled - Less Than An Inch of Snow Expected

Apr 5, 2018

The Winter Storm Watch was cancelled early Friday morning. The forecast data has had tremendous difficulty handling snowfall amounts with this system. All of the latest data points to lower accumulations.

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National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round a storms Tuesday.

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In response to storm damage from Tuesday's severe weather, officials in Williamson County have issued a disaster declaration.

This action activates the county's emergency operations plan.

Severe Weather Potential for Tuesday

Apr 2, 2018

There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms across much of the region Tuesday.

During a Facebook live session, National Weather Service meteorologist Pat Spoden in Paducah says the main threat will be damaging winds.

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Warmer spring temperatures mean an increased potential for severe weather, including tornadoes. 

If you own a home then you  want to make sure you’re protected in case of any emergency.

Widespread Drought Across US Stoking Fears That 2012's Devastation Will Repeat

Feb 28, 2018

Western Illinois might be close to the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, but it’s the driest part of the state this year.

“We really haven’t really had any measurable rain since the middle of October,” says Ken Schafer, who farms winter wheat, corn and soybeans in Jerseyville, north of St. Louis. “I dug some post-holes this winter, and it's just dust.”

Heavy Rain Could Lead to Flooding

Feb 21, 2018

The National Weather Service in Paducah says Southern Illinois will get a lot of rain this week.

Meteorologist Kevin Smith says the area can expect 3.5 to 4.5 inches through Saturday.

Wintry Mix Possible Tuesday Night

Feb 5, 2018
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U.S. National Weather Service Paducah

Wintry Precipitation Likely To Cause Travel Impacts Tuesday night into Early Wednesday Morning...   Precipitation is expected to spread northeast across the region late Tuesday afternoon into the evening hours. Sub-freezing temperatures will be located north of the Ohio River as the precipitation arrives. The colder air will progress slowly south into western Kentucky later Tuesday night.   North of the Ohio River and the Cape Girardeau area, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected Tuesday night.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FRI., JAN. 19, 2018

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR WED., JAN. 17, 2018

There are several locations in Williamson County serving as warming centers during the extreme cold.

CLOSINGS AND DELAYS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018:

The region is recovering from its first winter storm of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest accumulation of snow and sleet - around four inches - occurred in eastern Pope and western Hardin counties of southern Illinois and just east of Paducah in western Kentucky.

Winter Storm Warning for Parts of Region

Jan 10, 2018

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 9 PM FRIDAY FOR MUCH OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL.

While many of us hated the cold weather of the last three weeks, the brutally cold weather DID provide a benefit we’ll see in the spring and summer.

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Much of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and southwest Indiana could see a mix of wintry precipitation this weekend.

Michael York is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Paducah says it looks like the bulk of the precipitation will hold off until late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

January Outlook for Illinois: Cold

Dec 27, 2017
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The latest winter weather outlook shows Illinois is in for bitterly cold temperatures.

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of

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Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents are struggling to recover. Power has not been fully restored, and fresh water and other supplies are still hard to come by.

In the days immediately after the storm, a southern Illinoisan decided to lend his help – in connecting others who could lend a hand. Taylor Vessel of WSIU’s River Region Evening Edition reports on Tim Maloney's trip.

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Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

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A crew of four lineman from Egyptian Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois is helping restore power in the southeast after Hurricane Irma.

Before the hurricane made land, the local crew was sent to Alma, Georgia. The Egyptian Electric linemen are Ronnie Gill, Robbie Knop, Matt McElroy and Cody Lee.

The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers to help in disaster zones - and offering expedited training to help get people to where help is needed most.

The Illinois Civil Air Patrol will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The airmen will join colleagues from other states to perform aerial imagery missions for FEMA and other agencies in the impact zone.

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Harvey is about to make its way through this region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah's lead forecaster Chris Knowles says Harvey's impact will hit the hardest Thursday through much of Friday.

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