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WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane Beryl’s to bring heavy rainfall and potential flooding to Illinois

Storm brings heavy rain, winds into C-U

Heavy rain early Monday morning brought flash flooding and hail to parts of Central Illinois, including downtown Champaign.

URBANA – Severe storms early Monday brought hail, heavy rain and high winds through central Illinois.

Around 1:00 a.m., the National Weather Service office in Lincoln issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Champaign county. Within the hour, heavy rain poured down on Champaign-Urbana. Large hail was also reported in Mahomet.

The National Weather Service reports more than an inch of rain fell in less than an hour at Willard Airport in Savoy. Multiple weather spotters reported small hail in the twin cities.

Ameren Illinois reports multiple power outages across Champaign County, with more than 14-hundred people in Champaign-Urbana without power as of 4:30am.

Rainwater also flooded the studio of WCIA-TV. The CBS affiliate continued live weather updates as water pooled on the floor.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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