Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Dozens of tornadoes reported in IL, at least 30 injured

Dozens of tornadoes reported in IL, at least 30 injured

Multiple tornadoes touched down in central Illinois Saturday night, damaging dozens of structures and injuring at least 20 people, according to the National Weather Service. Preliminary estimates indicate that storm may have produced winds of up to 130 mph (209 kilometres per hour).

The National Weather Service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas in IL, which included Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield, Springfield's State Journal-Register reported. No injuries have been reported.

Smith says that while numerous injuries were reported in Saturday's storms no fatalities were reported in IL due to the severe weather outbreak.

That was the most tornadoes in IL during a December storm since a Dec. 18-19, 1957, outbreak produced 21, Smith said Monday afternoon.

Meteorologists in Arkansas have confirmed that at least three tornadoes developed from severe thunderstorms on Friday night.

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Severe thunderstorms also raked IL and Missouri on Saturday.

The warning helped residents take cover and may have saved lives. The tornado was rated an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour.

"We activated the State Emergency Operations Center so that we could closely monitor the situation, keep in contact with local officials and quickly mobilize any state assets that may be needed", Rauner said in a statement.

Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield.

Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival. May is the peak month, with an average of 15 tornadoes. A 75-miles-per-hour wind gust at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on Saturday evening set a December wind speed record for the IL capital, the State Journal-Register reported.

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