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Flood watch through Monday evening     Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 1, 2004]  A flood watch issued by the National Weather Service in Lincoln remains in effect through midnight for the following Illinois counties:

Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fulton, Jasper, Knox, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Richland, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford.

An area of low pressure over Oklahoma will move into southern Illinois by this evening. A warm front associated with the low will slowly move northward today, triggering showers and thunderstorms. The rain will spread north and east across Illinois today and persist into the overnight hours.

There is a potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding today and tonight, as most areas will see 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, with locally higher amounts by this evening.

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People in the watch area should continue to be aware of the possibility for heavy rainfall. Avoid low-lying areas and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses.

[News release distributed at 10:07 a.m. Monday]

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