Friday, 14 December, 2018

21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south Illinois tornado

Rare December tornadoes reported in central U.S.     One dead in and at least 20 injured in U.S. tornado
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Frank Williams | 06 December, 2018, 09:11

A series of tornadoes formed in Central and Western Illinois Saturday evening as a storm system was greeted by unseasonably warm temperatures.

About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas.

At least three people are being treated for major injuries at Memorial Hospital in Springfield and 18 more suffered minor injuries, Rauner said.

Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported but at least 20 people were injured in Taylorville in Christian County, about 27 miles southeast of Springfield. Damage surveys for the two tornadoes are ongoing but officials said dozens of homes were damaged.

Central Illinois residents assessed the damage Monday after rare December tornadoes, including one that was a half-mile-wide and injured at least 20 people. In that same period, 55 tornadoes total have been recorded statewide during the month of December.

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"There were several people who were initially trapped in their homes due to damage initially but were rescued", Crews said.

Andy Goodall, the city's assistant fire chief, estimates that over 100 homes were damaged.

Meteorologists said Sunday a tornado with peak winds of 115 to 125 miles per hour caused severe damage in northwestern Sequoyah County. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival. Tornadoes were also reported in Arkansas and Oklahoma. But at least 12 tornadoes were reported in IL on Saturday, including one in Taylorville which has been confirmed.

The National Weather Service sent out survey teams Sunday to analyze the damage, and said the exact number of tornadoes and the amount of damage wouldn't be determined until these are completed. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures.

"It was one of those storms that just blew up", Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp told reporters on Saturday.

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