Tornadoes touch down in central IL

Franklin County EMA assisting Central Illinois with tornado recovery efforts

Surprise Tornado Blitz Strikes Central Illinois, Injuring at Least 30

No injuries or fatalities were reported. May is the peak month, with an average of 15 tornadoes. Around 20 people were injured, but there were no deaths.

"This is the biggest December outbreak in IL since 1957", he said.

Clean-up efforts are underway in central IL after numerous tornadoes tore through the area over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in IL, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December. Multiple homes, boats and power lines were destroyed. That tornado traveled about 7 miles (11 kilometers) just past the town of Gore.

At least three tornadoes were confirmed in northwest and southwest Arkansas, which largely caused property and structural damage.

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Residents in central IL are assessing damage from rare December tornadoes that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people.

One of the towns hardest hit was Taylorville, about 25 miles southeast of Springfield. He said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own.

At least 30 people sustained injuries in Christian County, Ill., and officials said 21 people were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, including one who was considered in critical condition. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival. No reports of fatalities have been recorded in IL, although one person has been killed in neighbouring Missouri as a result of the storms.

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.

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.

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