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Stormy weather brings high winds, power outages

No injuries or severe damage has been reported, but straight line winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines during a storm system that blew through Central Illinois Monday evening.

The storm activity continued into west-central parts of Indiana too. Flash flooding was reported.

The storms produced watches and warnings for most of the area around 5:30 p.m. lasting until around 9 pm. According to the National Weather Service, damage was scattered both north and south of Bloomington-Normal. Weather spotters reported high winds and some hail, in some spots.

Winds measured at 62 miles per hour were reported at the National Weather Service office just east of Lincoln. The Chicago area had wind gusts at 70 mph.

In Bloomington, winds gusted at 53 miles per hour at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

A handful of counties had scattered power outages as well.

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Lightning safety critical with storm activity

"Frequent" lightning is possible with a round of thunderstorms due tonight, and the American Red Cross is reminding us about lightning safety.

Most of Central Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 7 p.m. Those storms could produce wind, hail, "torrential" rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning, the National Weather Service said.

Localized flash flooding is possible, added the McLean County Emergency Management Agency.

Lightning from storms last Friday are believed to be the cause of unrelated fires at a senior center and garage in Lincoln, and a barn in McLean.

Lightning strikes kill more people each year than do tornadoes, according to the Red Cross. If someone is struck by lightning, call 911, give first aid until help arrives and check for burns. Lightning strikes also can break bones or cause a loss of hearing or eyesight.

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Thunderstorms, high winds sweep Illinois

A line a thunderstorms swept across northern Illinois, bringing with it high winds and early reports of uprooted trees and downed power lines.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said Monday the storm produced gusts of between 60 and 70 miles per hour. He said the weather service received reports of trees down and grain bins being pushed over.

Power outages were reported in Chicago's western suburbs. However Commonwealth Edison, which supplies electricity to northeastern Illinois, didn't immediately have a figure for the number customers who've lost power.

Wind gusts of 67 miles per hour were reported at Chicago's Midway International Airport, causing flight delays.

The storm, which moved quickly across the region, caused the Metra commuter rail line to halt service on its Union Pacific north and northwest lines.

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Illinois, Indiana governors host expressway forum

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Governors from Illinois and Indiana hoped to attract potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway aimed at relieving traffic congestion into the Chicago area through a two-day business forum starting Monday.

The proposed highway linking the two states has been discussed for decades and both states agreed to move forward in 2010. The proposed route will go from Interstate 55 near Willington, Ill., to Interstate 65 in Indiana. Land acquisition and construction could start in 2015 and construction for the project is expected to take about three years.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence have both billed the so-called Illiana Expressway as a way to create jobs. Officials estimate the expressway will bring roughly 9,000 construction jobs and about 25,000 more permanent jobs.

"The Illiana is a key transportation priority for Illinois," Quinn said in a statement.

He and Pence were expected to open the forum later Monday in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. Officials estimated up to 1,000 people would attend the forum, which would include meetings on the private-public partnership for the roughly $1.3 billion project.

The governors said it's also a way to stimulate economic growth.

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Kankakee man shot, suspect in custody

A Monday morning shooting has left a 21-year-old Kankakee man in critical condition. Police say a second man is in custody charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

The victim is Nelson Williams Jr. The gunman is identified as Kameron Taylor.

Police report they found the victim shot in the head in the 300-block of E. Hickory Street. That was after a call at 8:30 am that a man with a gun was threatening a second man. Shot were fired and the gunman fled on foot down an alley.

Taylor was apprehended after a foot chase. Police did recover a gun. An investigation into what led to the shooting is underway.

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