Particularly hard hit Monday night was Coal City, a community of approximately 5,000 residents about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, where the National Weather Service confirmed a twister touched down.
The city is monitoring the cleanup and the radar 24 hours a day, as more rain moves in. According to city leaders, it’ll be at least a couple months before crews finish cleaning up after flooding.
A weather system moving east is expected to bring wind gusts and heavy rain, which could cause power outages in the area.
Cooler weather Monday was expected to aid crews making progress against a huge forest fire in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains — the largest of several blazes burning across California.
An EF-0 tornado with winds of about 80 mph touched down Friday afternoon about one mile east-northeast of the Perry County town of Troy.
The city of Fort Wayne said more than 300 volunteers have filled sandbags and helped neighbors across the city since Thursday.
The Army Corp of Engineers started releasing water at 9 p.m. Friday and has continued to do so through the weekend.
While three counties were under disaster declarations as of Friday, officials want to remind people that the nice weather on Saturday doesn’t mean the fight against flooding is over.
A stormy weather system that once was Tropical Storm Bill prompted flood warnings across the Ozarks and mid-Mississippi Valley early Friday, even before rains began to fall there in earnest.
City officials said the significant decrease in the river level will help with any flooding concerns this week.
An emergency shelter that opened in Decatur Thursday afternoon will close at noon on Friday as flood waters are no longer getting any higher.
Volunteers are helping to raise the height of a levee in a Waynedale neighborhood.