21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south IL tornado

21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south IL tornado

According to ABC News, a total of 22 tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service, appearing across counties including Christian, Mason, Fulton, Cass, and Macoupin among others. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and some structures.

IL typically sees 47 tornadoes a year but that doesn't include December, which doesn't have a monthly average, CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

The central IL town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was the community hardest hit by Saturday's tornadoes. That year, 25 tornados tore through Southern Illinois and parts of Missouri, killing 17 people and injuring 273 more.

Early Saturday morning a third tornado with estimated peak winds of 107 mph travelled about 8.5 miles (13.5 kilometres) through Spring Hill in southwest Arkansas. May is the peak month, with an average of 15 tornadoes.

"Power lines are down", Rauner said. No injuries have been reported.

No one was killed as a result of the twisters, Taylorville Fire Department Chief Mike Crews said.

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.

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

It said information from emergency management officials indicated 34 homes were severely damaged or destroyed, 66 homes sustained major damage, and 406 homes were damaged but inhabitable in the city of 11,000. He said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own. Most were released within hours.

No deaths have been reported.

A full assessment will be completed sometime Monday or Tuesday after the teams have finished tracking the start and end points of the storms, Chris Miller, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, told Fortune.