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Iroquois - Ford County Weather Advisory Back On, Again

***  UPDATE:  Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013   ***


The National Weather Service has issued a Weather Advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties.

After the NWS re-organized its forecast yesterday because of the path of the latest storm, an advisory was reinstated last evening.

According to the weather service, a brief period of icy weather is possible through this (Tuesday) morning, with a chance that the precipitation could begin as a period of freezing rain or sleet. According to the weather service, the freezing rain could result in hazardous driving and walking conditions.

The heavier amounts of precipitation are likely to channel to the north.

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Fire destroys Rankin home, no injury

Sixteen firefighters from the Rankin Fire Protection District responded to a house fire Sunday. No injury was reported. The house was destroyed.

The 1 1/2-story home was "a total loss."

The cause remains undetermined.

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Amanda Walters-Pentecost identified

Authorities in Vermilion County have identified the woman’s body found Sunday as that of 33-year-old Amanda J. Walters-Pentecost.

County Coroner Peggy Johnson announced an autopsy completed today (Mon) shows the cause of death was from cold exposure. Toxicology tests are pending.

The woman’s body discovered in a wooded area southeast of Hoopeston.  She was originally reported missing on January 31. 

Family and friends had been part of search teams over the last three weeks trying to locate the victim. She was last seen by family on February 1st.

Hoopeston Police had reported they didn’t suspect any foul play at the time of the woman’s disappearance.

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2-25-13 2:23 PM



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Winter Storm Path Changes, expected to stay west of Iroquois – Ford Counties

The National Weather Service has revised its storm watch, now cancelling the Winter Storm Watch that had been posted for Ford and Iroquois Counties in Illinois and Benton County, Indiana for Tuesday.

The Weather Service says it now appears the worst of a winter storm moving into central Illinois will be well to the west of us.

There could still be some ice accumulation of less than a tenth of an inch in the Danville, Champaign-Urbana area tonight. And some snow could mix with rain at times Tuesday morning, but little or no snow accumulation is expected in our area.

Meteorologists say forecasting the type of precipitation is a bit tricky; because the atmosphere will be warmer than it was with the previous storm system.

One inch or less of snow is likely to accumulate in the Decatur area with no snow accumulation expected further east.

Along the I-55 corridor (including Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln and Springfield) one to three inches of snow is expected. Near the Illinois River (including Peoria, Havana and Jacksonville) three to five inches of snow is forecast. And west of the Illinois River (including Galesburg and Rushville), six to eight inches of snow is expected Tuesday.

Earlier reports had a Winter Storm Watch issued for Iroquois, Ford and Benton Counties….with a mix of winter weather for Kankakee, Livingston, Newton and Porter counties in Indiana.

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Female Body found near Hoopeston; Autopsy scheduled

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson confirms an autopsy is planned today (Mon) on the body of a female found Sunday in a wooded area, east of Hoopeston.

The coroner nor investigators would say, for sure, if the body is that of Amanda “Mandy” Walters-Pentecost. The 33-year-old woman from Watseka has been the subject of a search since she disappeared February 1st.

Sheriff’s Police, Hoopeston Police and the Coroner were on the scene of the discovery. Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Rod Kaag says a man hunting deer antlers found the remains in a wooded area, a half mile east of Hoopeston, and a half-mile south of Illinois route 9.

The Vermilion County Coroner’s Office ordered the autopsy in an effort to determine how the woman died.
The Chief Sheriff’s Investigator would not say whether authorities believe the victim is Miss Pentecost.

Tira Howaniac (Ho-whan-E –ac) has been acting-spokesperson for the family of Mandy Pentecost during a three-week search……

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Mandy Walters-Pentecost was last seen in Hoopeston.

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