Intense videos and photos capture tornado outbreak across IL


Central Illinois is coping with damages and injuries after a blitz of tornadoes Saturday, when 22 twisters were reported to the National Weather Service.

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. The exact number of tornadoes won't be known until crews survey the damage, beginning Sunday.

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

Smith says that while numerous injuries were reported in Saturday's storms no fatalities were reported in IL due to the severe weather outbreak.

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The severe weather in IL was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central USA late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri. Officials say 21 people were hospitalized there, one critically, and crews responded to over a dozen houses that contained trapped people, per ABC News. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival.

No deaths have been reported in IL. Preliminary estimates indicate that storm may have produced winds of up to 130 mph (209 kilometres per hour).

Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported but at least 20 people were injured in Taylorville in Christian County, about 27 miles southeast of Springfield.

At least three tornadoes were confirmed in northwest and southwest Arkansas, which largely caused property and structural damage. It could take several more days to know for sure. It was rated an EF2. He said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own. One death was reported in southwest Missouri early Saturday after thunderstorms there. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures.