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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Storms weakening after causing damage in Central Illinois on Thursday night

The National Weather Service in Central Illinois is reporting some damage after tornado generating storms earlier on Thursday evening.

The Illinois State Police reported property damage along I-72 between mileposts 130 and 139 in Macon County. WCIA-TV reports it was farm equipment.

In Latham, the emergency manager for Logan County reported that storms left three power poles leaning near the
intersection of Route 121 and 1842nd Avenue.

Earlier in the evening, the National Weather Service issued Tornado Warnings in Lawrence, Effingham, Jasper, and Macon Counties.

Live Updates: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse In Illinois

Illinois Public Media Newsroom is covering the solar eclipse live, sharing updates and reactions from across the state to capture the excitement of this astronomical event.

Total eclipse captured by photographer Uriel Soberanes Uriel Soberanes

 

Michael E. Matheny, MD, MS, MPH Total eclipse on April 8, 2024 captured by Michael E. Matheny, MD, MS, MPH

Eclipse watchers in Indianapolis on April 8, 2024. (Moss Bresnahan/IPM)

Total eclipse captured by Michael E. Matheny, MD, MS, MPH Michael E. Matheny, MD, MS, MPH

 

Kelly Sopko and Michael Metheny drove in from Nashville, Tennessee to see the solar eclipse at Fort Defiance park, the southernmost point of Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. (Reginald Hardwick/IPM News)
Thousands gather at Saluki Stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on April 8, 2024 to see an eclipse. (Jose Zepeda/IPM News)
Christine Herman

 

Vicki Soltis drove in from Asheville, North Carolina to see the solar eclipse at Fort Defiance park, the southernmost point of Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. (Reginald Hardwick/IPM News)
Nature photographer Uriel Soberanes drove in from Asheville, North Carolina to see the solar eclipse at Fort Defiance park, the southernmost point of Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. (Reginald Hardwick/IPM News)
Tyrell Harris of Cairo grills meat to serve to hungry eclipse watchers on April 8, 2024. (Reginald Hardwick/IPM News)
Meat being grilled outdoors in Cairo, Illinois for hungry eclipse watchers on April 8, 2024. (Reginald Hardwick/IPM News)

Eclipse weather forecast: Clouds could spoil view along much of the path

If you’re in Vermont, Maine and Canada, you’re in luck. But for the rest of the path of Monday’s total solar eclipse, it could be dicey weather-wise.

Clouds are forecast for much of the eclipse route through the U.S. with some possible patches of clear skies in some spots, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

Northern New England into Canada is still the best bet to witness the eclipse, when the moon blocks out the sun for a few minutes and day turns into night.

Texas is likely to have the heaviest cloud cover. More concerning, the weather service is forecasting severe weather — tornadoes and hail — about the time of the eclipse for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The forecast for the eclipse path has been fairly consistent for the past 10 days, said David Roth, a meteorologist with the weather service.

“Things aren’t moving that fast,” he said Sunday.

The path of total darkness stretches from Mexico and Texas through Maine and parts of Canada.

Keep an eye on the clouds

At the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland on Sunday, weather service meteorologist Alexa Maines tried to reassure visitors that all was not lost. A warm front was due to bring in clouds Monday morning, but they could clear out by eclipse time. “Cloud cover is one of the trickiest things to forecast,” she said.

Eclipse weather expert Jay Anderson also thinks the eclipse could be visible from Dallas to Columbus through thin, high clouds. “Not the best conditions but tolerable,” Anderson, a retired Canadian meteorologist, said via email.
“South of Dallas, there is a lot of low cloud that will disappoint a lot of eclipse enthusiasts,” he said.

How can I see the solar eclipse if it’s cloudy or rained out?

You can still watch the total solar eclipse online.

Associated Press journalists will also bring live coverage of the eclipse from across the path, starting at 10 a.m. EDT with views from Mazatlán, Mexico, and other locations.

NASA will stream telescope views of the sun and on NASA TV starting at 1 p.m. EDT.

The Exploratorium museum, Time and Date and Slooh will also broadcast eclipse day views.
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AP reporter Adithi Ramakrishnan contributed to this report.
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Flood Watch in effect until Tuesday at 1pm

The National Weather Service in Central Illinois is tracking weather systems that will bring more than two inches of rain to our area. A flood watch is in effect until Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Champaign, Christian, Coles, De Witt, Douglas, Macon, Piatt, Sangamon, and Vermilion Counties are included in the watch. Isolated flash flooding is possible in some areas.