Bloomington NOAA weather radio remains offline; Here’s what residents of Southeast McLean County can do
LE ROY, Ill. (WCIA) – NOAA Weather Radio in Champaign County has been back online for nearly a month now. Many of you have reported to WCIA that you have again received the NOAA Weather Radio Alerts.
You may recall that the NOAA weather radio transmitter was down for months, but was recently returned to service on the WCIA 3 transmitter tower in Champaign County at the end of May. . It happened after an outage of almost 16 months in the region.
Another tower collapsed in late May, covering parts of central Illinois. We first reported it in mid-May.
The Bloomington NOAA Weather Radio tower is down after lightning struck it and caused extensive damage to several components.
This has left many residents of McLean County without coverage for vital alerts.
The good news is that residents of southeast McLean County can change their NOAA weather radios from Channel 6 to Channel 7 and can still receive alerts.
This includes residents near Le Roy, Downs, Heyworth, Saybrook, Ellsworth, Arrowsmith, Colfax, Anchor and surrounding areas.
Residents of the northern half of McLean County can replace it with Channel 3, while along and west of I-39 / US 51 can replace it with Channel 4.
De Witt County is also affected by the outage, but almost the entire county can receive alerts on Channel 7. Areas near Kenney and Waynesville may need to switch to Channel 1 to receive alerts from the transmitter. Springfield NOAA Weather Radio instead.
There is no estimated return to service date for the Bloomington NOAA weather radio.
Learn more about programming your NOAA weather radio here.