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Rare blitz of tornadoes in Illinois damages town, leaves injuries

Rare blitz of tornadoes in Illinois damages town, leaves injuries”

Weather service meteorologist Chris Miller told The Associated Press on Sunday the agency was able to give Taylorville an advanced warning of 41 minutes that the powerful tornado was headed the community's way. Damage surveys for the two tornadoes are ongoing but officials said dozens of homes were damaged. Preliminary estimates indicate that storm may have produced winds of up to 130 mph (209 kilometres per hour).

The National Weather Service says the actual number of tornadoes that touched down will be confirmed in the coming days.

Up to three other tornadoes are being investigated in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

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The severe weather in IL was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central US late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri. No injuries or fatalities were reported. One person was killed in Missouri.

Multiple tornadoes were reported on Saturday night across central IL, injuring at least 30 people in the small town of Taylorville, which has a population of just 11,200 residents.

Sitting about 25 miles southeast of the state capital of Springfield, the Christian County town of Taylorville was among the hardest hit areas, with major damage to at least 100 buildings reported. No reports of fatalities have been recorded in IL, although one person has been killed in neighbouring Missouri as a result of the storms. "Internet service, phone service, the ability to monitor the weather, the ability to track resources and things like that, so that's the type of support that asset will provide", said Buckingham. One death was reported in southwest Missouri early Saturday after thunderstorms there.



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