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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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The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's seeking a fifth term next year.

Madigan revealed her 2018 plans last week during an unrelated news conference in Chicago. The Democrat is already the longest-serving attorney general in the state's history.

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The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency wants county residents to report any flood related damage to its office.

Officials are collecting damage assessments in case disaster recovery assistance would become available in the future.

Updated Road Closure List:

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With more rain expected in the region, volunteers in are filling hundreds of sandbags to save some areas that are inching closer and closer to high water.

Volunteers are bagging the sand at the former Curwood Plant on North 19th Street in Murphysboro.

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Jackson County Chairman John Rendleman has signed a Proclamation of Disaster.

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has resulted in widespread flooding and damage to roadways and other critical infrastructure. Near record forecasts for both the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers this week will likely worsen conditions in some areas. Additional rainfall is expected Wednesday into Thursday, which could lead to addition flash flooding.

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Heavy rains forced evacuations and closed roads across the region over the weekend, and experts say we're not out of the woods yet.

Sudden Winter Weather Shift Could Kill Crops

Mar 10, 2017

Local farmers are bracing for winter weather expected to hit Friday night, and early growth of peaches and apples has them worried.

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Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

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The National Weather Service says last week's tornado that tore through parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois was an EF-4 - with top winds of 180 miles an hour - and was a half a mile wide.

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The National Weather Service says a tornado that killed a southeastern Illinois man and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of more than 130 mph.

A weather service survey team determined that Tuesday night's tornado that killed 71-year-old Thomas McCord in Crossville, in White County, was an EF-3 tornado. Those storms carry winds of between 136 mph and 165 mph.

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Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
 
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

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Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

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The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

Harrisburg endured a lot of damage in 2012…

This time it was a few counties west in Northern Rural Jackson County.

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One death has been confirmed in Missouri, and possibly two more in Illinois, after an apparent tornado swept across the Show Me state and Illinois Tuesday.

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Most communities reported light ice buildups on elevated surfaces such as trees, power lines and vehicles.

Power outages were reported across several communities in southern Illinois, especially in Jackson County, where at one point Friday afternoon, around 1,500 Ameren customers were without power.

School, Government and Business Closings and Delays for Friday, January 13, 2017 (Updated 10:00am):

**NOTE: The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is OPEN today from Noon-5:00pm**

BUSINESS/GOVERNMENT:

Jefferson County Courthouse - CLOSED

Winter Farmers Market (Carbondale) - CLOSED Saturday, January 14
 

SCHOOLS:

Benton District 47 - CLOSED

Benton High School - CLOSED

Carbondale Elementary School District 95 - CLOSED

Ice Expected for the Entire Region

Jan 12, 2017
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An ICE STORM WARNING is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday to noon Sunday for Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington counties. 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch of ice is possible.

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Meteorologist Chris Knowles with the National Weather Service in Paducah says this is not a major ice event for most of the region.

A snow covered portion of Interstate 57 in Williamson County resulted in multiple crashes.

Measurable Snow Expected for Much of Area

Jan 4, 2017
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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Thursday evening for the region along and north of Route 13.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected, with the heaviest amounts expected generally north of Interstate 64.

Kentucky Emergency Management is sending a response team to provide assistance to states impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  

The Illinois State Board of Elections is making its own preparations in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET with further states of emergency in the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew crashed into southwestern Haiti as a Category 4 storm Tuesday morning, dumping rain and scouring the land with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

It is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964, when Hurricane Cleo also hit the island nation's southwestern peninsula.

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