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Code red sign at Springfield business
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Viewers and businesses are defending a popular meteorologist who has been absent from local television newscasts since he criticized a corporate weather-alert brand.

All the rain that has fallen in the midwest this year has led to flooding and kept farmers from fields.  But there's also another result: more flying insects.  

For many, being outside for even brief periods has meant fighting off swarms.  

Tree chashes into house
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A nasty storm that killed three people in Missouri blew through Central Illinois overnight, downing trees, blowing cars into ditches, and producing at least one funnel cloud in far northeastern McLean County.

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Bundle up before going outside in the Midwest’s subzero temperatures this week. When your fingers stop tingling and the redness subsides, your frostbite is actually getting worse.

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An 82-year-old Marquette Heights man died Tuesday due to cold exposure.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has joined the list of Midwestern governors issuing disaster proclamations as frigidly cold weather starts hitting the region .

Pritzker released a statement Tuesday noting that plummeting temperatures are expected to hit Illinois on Tuesday and stay through Thursday morning. The Democrat calls the weather "potentially historic."

Forecasters say the temperature in northern Illinois could dip to negative 27 degrees (negative 33 Celsius) with wind-chill values as low as negative 55 degrees (negative 48 Celsius).

Kitchen sink
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In 2018 Illinois was the national leader—or more accurately, loser—for the amount of insurance claims paid out because of frozen pipes and ice dams caused by extreme cold.

Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Tuesday, Jan. 29; Wednesday, Jan. 30; and Thursday, Jan. 31. A wind chill warning went into effect Tuesday night.

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Central Illinois is expected to face some record-breaking wind chills midweek as an intense arctic air mass moves in.

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Whenever a snowstorm hits, the first question most people have is, "When is my street getting plowed?"

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McLean County received about 3 inches of snow in most places, but travel difficulties were out of proportion to the amount of precipitation. As dusk came Saturday, winds picked up, creating whiteout conditions in rural areas.

Earlier Saturday State Police in central Illinois reported numerous cars sliding off roads, and a couple of jackknifed semis and accident reports continued late in the day.

Temperatures dropped to single digits overnight and into Sunday with sub-zero wind-chill factors.

McLean County emergency management officials were sifting through damage reports Saturday night after several confirmed reports of tornadoes.

Illinois State University
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Bloomington-Normal experienced one of its coldest and snowiest Novembers on record, but a weather expert says that doesn't mean we are in for a long, cold winter.

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Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

You can send us more McLean County cancellations at news@wglt.org.

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Special Olympics Illinois canceled its outdoor activities Saturday due to excessive heat at the Summer Games across Bloomington-Normal.

Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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UPDATED 10 a.m. | Forecasters say a winter storm is expected to bring as much as 9 inches of snow to parts of northern and central Illinois.

Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

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Several days of frigid temperatures are causing headaches for local homeowners and businesses dealing with frozen and burst water pipes.

Heartland Community College
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Heartland Community College will delay opening Tuesday until 10 a.m. due to the forecast of extremely cold early morning temperatures. The late start affects all Heartland locations.

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Many people have been struck by the strength and persistence of Hurricane Harvey, still drenching the Texas Gulf Coast with a record amount of rain recorded in one event in north America.

Total eclipse
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Day will look dark as night. Stars will shine at midday. Birds that are normally vocal during the day will suddenly grow silent. The daytime spectacle will rouse insects and other wildlife that usually come out only at night.

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Both Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance and Country Financial have mobilized catastrophe teams as Hurricane Matthew moves closer to the U. S. coast and gains strength.

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Damage assessment and cleanup has begun in Pontiac after a tornado tore through the west and south parts of town Wednesday night. Mayor Robert Russell said the tornado clipped about two blocks of residential housing on the south end of the city, causing some injuries in a mobile home park.

"The good news is that nobody critical. Some broken bones and maybe a broken hip and some cuts and bruises, but if you saw the devastation that went through, we're very very fortunate," said the Mayor.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated

At least one tornado struck Pontiac, Illinois Wednesday night causing heavy damage and at least three injuries. Information is still being collected by fire and law enforcement officials, though some reports indicate children were among those injured when a mobile home was destroyed. The Fire Department said overnight "some injuries appeared to be somewhat serious."

Storms Threaten

Mar 16, 2016
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Winds ripped the roof off a home in Springfield and a possible tornado was reported in Kankakee County as a severe storm moved through Illinois.

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Illinois State's efforts to warn campus and parents about oncoming severe weather have earned the National Weather Service's StormReady University designation. Meteorologists from the NWS Lincoln office recognized ISU during a news conference on campus Wednesday.

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Ice -- great for cocktails, bad for plants.  When an ice storm hits, it can tear apart trees, especially when it teams up with wind.   Patrick Murphy talks damage control on this edition of GLT's Grow.

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The forecast of snow accumulation late tomorrow has triggered a parking ban in both Bloomington and Normal. Vehicles are banned from all streets in the twin cities beginning tomorrow at 5 PM. In Bloomington, for snow accumulation more than 2 inches, the city plows hit all streets. In Normal, all parking is prohibited on all streets during a ban.

Get more information on the city of Bloomington's parking ban.

Gov Tours Flood Sites

Jan 4, 2016
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Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties --- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses. Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove yesterday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. Rauner says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse.

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