More rains forecast for IL as flooding continues


With heavy rains passing through, the Killeen area is in a flood advisory until 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Weather service forecasters say more rain is expected through Saturday, ranging from less than an inch in northern IL to 3 to 4 inches in far southern IL. Temperatures have warmed and the weather service said rainfall was expected to total 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) or more in places.

Friday's forecast calls for temperatures to reach a high of about 49 degrees and a low of about 35 degrees.

A downpour dumped an inch of rain in Athens and parts of Limestone Thursday morning, said Daphne Ellison, manager of the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency. Another round of rain will return Saturday and continue into Sunday morning. These storms will also bring in damaging winds with gusts of 40-50mph possible.

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Governors and mayors in Illinois, Kentucky and in declared states of emergency for counties along waterways, including the Illinois and OH rivers that were expected to rise after reaching near or above their floods stages.

National Weather Service officials have said we should expect several rounds of prolonged moderate to heavy rainfall for the area through the weekend. Almost 4 to 5 inches of additional rainfall is possible through Monday morning, especially from Arkansas to Ohio. The major flooding threat is more for areas to our south and southwest. In addition, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding.

Flooding continues to be the main hazard through the period.

Rain and Snow Forecast through the weekend.