Satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
NOAA/AP
September 06, 2017

Here’s What You Need To Know About Hurricane Irma

Irma has quickly become one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes ever recorded, with wind speeds of 185 miles per hour. As this monster churns through the Caribbean and heads toward Florida, here's the lowdown.


Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday in Houston, Texas.
David J. Phillip/AP
August 27, 2017

At Least One Person Killed As ‘Catastrophic’ Floods Inundate Houston

At least one person was killed Saturday night as the Houston area is inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which officials called an "unprecedented" weather event that has left some residents stranded in their flooding homes and overwhelmed rescue workers.


Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.
Jeff Frame
March 06, 2017

National Weather Service Looking For Severe Weather Spotters

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.  The state saw its first round of severe weather last week when tornadoes killed three people.  The National Weather Service is looking for severe weather spotters to help give people advance warning of severe weather.


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


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