US Midwest off-season tornado outbreak

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Published Monday, December 3, 2018

More than 20 preliminary tornadoes were reported across Illinois and Missouri on Saturday evening, December 1, 2018. At least one person was killed, several were injured and at least 100 homes destroyed.

The hardest hit area appears to be Taylorville near Springfield, IL where emergency crews reported major damage. Several people were trapped inside partially collapsed homes or by downed power lines, WGN reports.

State police urged all residents to avoid the down due to severe damage and closed roads.

"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," Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said in a statement. "If state assistance is needed, we are well positioned to provide it quickly and efficiently."

According to Aurora, MO Fire Chief, one person inside Aurora motel was killed as the storm passed through. Several roads, including U.S. 60 between Aurora and Marionville, were closed, AP reports.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Aurora overnight. The tornado touched down 1.2 km S of Aurora and tracked northeast to the Aurora motel. The tornado then traveled north across Hwy 60 and impacted Southerlands before dissipating. The path was approximately 800 m in length and about 45 m wide. Wind speeds were estimated to be 168 km/h.

"Tornadoes can happen at any month of the year across the United States; however, they are more common to occur across the Deep South during December," Rathbun said. "There are an average of around 24 tornadoes in the United States in December with one per year occurring in Illinois."
Source: DORRIS

US Midwest off-season tornado outbreak Facts

Power: 1
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange
Category: Geo
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 1

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