In the past week alone we’ve had the second worst air quality in the world, followed by a dangerous storm that swept through the area with 80 mph winds. Trees are down all over the city, power outages have affected at least 4,000 residents, and Willard Airport had to cancel flights because part of the terminal roof was damaged.
With these unusual weather events happening, I thought it would be interesting to look back on some other crazy storms that have impacted our area throughout the years.
There were tornados in February earlier this year (2023).
A summer hail storm in 2020.
A blizzard in 2007 that shut down the University of Illinois campus for the first time in 30 years.
The St. Valentine’s Day Ice storm back in 1990 that caused millions of dollars worth of damage and shut down the city for days.
The city of Urbana created a severe weather guide with links and more information to help you stay safe. In the meantime, what other memorable storms have you experienced in Champaign County?