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Early morning nor'easter pushes heat advisory out of area

Central Illinois finally spared from major storm

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[August 05, 2008]  Area residents can look for another hot day Tuesday, but nothing like Monday, when the heat index at the Logan County Airport hit 105 degrees.

A strong northeast wind at 20 to 25 mph pushed into the area at dawn and shoved the heat advisory south of a line from Quincy to Terre Haute, Ind., with excessive heat warnings staying primarily south of Vandalia. Temperatures are still expected to reach 90 degrees, but the outlook for the remainder of the week shows more seasonable temperatures, with a weekend outlook of highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

A 50 percent chance of thunderstorms will be possible Tuesday, with some possibly intermittently heavy rains, but we finally missed one of this summer's continuous thunderstorms.

The line of early evening storms that spared central Illinois hit the state primarily north of Interstate 80 with damaging winds and heavy rains. It is reported that upwards of 200,000 northeastern Illinois homes and businesses are without power this morning.

Lightning, coupled with high winds and driving rains, caused Wrigley Field officials at the Cubs-Astros game to evacuate the stadium.




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