Illinois tornado

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Published Monday, December 3, 2018

More than 20 people were injured and, according to very preliminary estimates, more than 100 homes were severely damaged after a line of storms cut through the Christian County city of Taylorville around 5 p.m. Saturday.

The destructive spring-like storm system, which came less than a week after central Illinois was hit with a snowstorm, included at least a dozen reports of tornado touchdowns throughout central Illinois.

Taylorville, located about 30 miles southeast of Springfield, appeared to be the hardest-hit in the area.

Trees, power lines and buildings were down throughout the city after the storm hit. Those conditions, along with the darkness of night, made it difficult for rescue crews to get a solid assessment on how badly the city was damaged.

But Taylorville assistant fire chief Andy Goodall, speaking at a news conference Saturday night, said preliminary estimates showed many homes were "damaged severely." "I was on the south side when the storm came through," Goodall said. "There was multiple, I would guess over 100 (homes) easily, that were damaged severely because it took a pass almost right through town. And most of those houses' roofs are gone and significant damage, including my own."

Twenty-one people, ranging in age from 9 to 97, were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital with storm-related injuries ranging from the chest, head and extremity trauma, along with smoke inhalation, according to hospital spokesman Michael Leathers. No fatalities had been reported.

Amid reports of people being trapped in their homes due to debris and live power lines blocking their way out, technical rescue teams went door to door in the worst-hit areas of town to check on residents' safety.
Source: DORRIS

Illinois tornado Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: Met
Response: Shelter
Severity: Severe
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Injured: 21

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