Intense videos and photos capture tornado outbreak across IL

Olive Hawkins
December 4, 2018

The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes touched down in central IL, damaging dozens of structures and injuring multiple people.

The central IL town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was the community hardest hit by Saturday's tornadoes.

No fatalities have been reported, but officials say they've taken multiple calls of people trapped in their homes due to debris and downed power lines.

Firefighters from several surrounding towns were called in to help as first responders went door-to-door looking for anyone stuck or injured.

Gov. Bruce Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center in response to the storms.

Taylorville Fire Department Chief Mike Crews said at a press conference no one was killed, and he couldn't comment on the number of injured.

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The National Weather Service said that peak months for tornadoes in much of the Midwest are April and June.

IL has an average of 47 tornadoes a year, not including December, which doesn't have an average, said CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, speaking of the rarity of Saturday's twister cluster.

In Butler, south of Springfield, Hannah Fogle tweeted two videos of a funnel cloud.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that a strong tornado touched down in Van Buren, Arkansas, about 130 miles (212 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. "I know of one house that had major damage", she added.

The National Weather Service has two teams in central IL right now to investigate the damage, which will take a few days to complete. A tornado also struck a Georgia naval base, flipping a Coast Guard ship and injuring at least one person.

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