Severe weather tears Willard Airport roof, causes damage across Champaign County

By Adam Rosen and Kiran Bond

Thursday afternoon, severe weather in central Illinois forced all commercial flights out of Willard Airport in Savoy to be cancelled. The high winds, reportedly near 80 mph, caused severe damage to the roof in the terminal.

According to WCIA, part of the terminal roof was ripped off and landed near the terminal’s base. Airport officials told passengers that all departures for the rest of Thursday would be canceled, with Friday’s departures still in question.

Multiple severe weather warnings have been active throughout the day, warning of 80 mph winds, pea sized hail and a possible tornado.

The storm systems caused power outages for locals and knocked the power out for over 4,000 people in Champaign-Urbana, according to Ameren.

WCIA and state police also reported that traffic on southbound I-57 is being moved away from the highway at Tuscola because of multiple semitrucks near Savoy that turned over.

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