Champaign, Ill. (AP) -- Heavy rain and strong winds have downed power lines, flooded homes and forced at least one business to close in central Illinois.
Near Rantoul, U.S. Highway 136 was closed after adjacent power lines were blown down. In town, the Jeld-Wen window factory said it was forced to shut down because it lacked power or phones. Rantoul is about 15 miles north of Urbana.
North of Rantoul in Gibson City, stiff winds blew down a horse barn. At least one horse was killed.
Rivers in the Peoria area rose and some roads were closed by rain. Basement walls in some homes collapsed, causing injury to two people. Authorities were forced to rescue some stranded people by boat, while parts of Roanoke were evacuated as homes were inundated by water.
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