Dozens of tornadoes reported in IL, at least 30 injured

Gwen Vasquez
December 6, 2018

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.

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.

While there are reports of injuries, it's not yet clear how many people are hurt, or the severity of those injuries. Tornadoes were also reported in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas.

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Early Saturday morning a third tornado with estimated peak winds of 107 mph traveled about 8.5 miles (13.5 kilometers) through Spring Hill in southwest Arkansas. That year, 25 tornados tore through Southern Illinois and parts of Missouri, killing 17 people and injuring 273 more.

Around 30 people were injured, at least 21 were sent to the hospital with few suffering from critical head injuries, but there were no deaths. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and some structures. One person was killed in Missouri.

A wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded at 5:30 p.m.in Springfield, breaking the last windspeed record for December set in 1972, the weather service said. She said a tornado mainly went through the countryside, but "I know of one house that had major damage". Several agencies report to the operations center, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and the American Red Cross.

"It was one of those storms that just blew up", Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp told reporters on Saturday.

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