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06 December 2018, 08:15 | Ross Houston
A map of tornado warnings for central Illinois Saturday Dec. 1 2018 | National Weather Service
At least 13 tornadoes downed power lines and flipped cars in the hardest hit areas of central IL.
The tornado was on the ground for around 10 miles (16 kilometres) before it thundered through Taylorville, and the weather service was able to warn residents of its arrival 41 minutes before it actually struck, Chris Miller, a meteorologist at the service's Lincoln office, said Sunday. Around 20 people were injured, but there were no deaths.
Crews also said at a press conference Saturday night that emergency officials responded to about 12 to 15 homes that had people trapped inside.
Illinois' previous December tornado record was 21 storms during an outbreak on Dec. 18-19, 1957.
The National Weather Service sent out survey teams Sunday to analyze the damage, and said the exact number of tornadoes and the amount of damage wouldn't be determined until these are completed. No injuries have been reported.
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Central Illinois is reeling after a Saturday rash of at least 22 tornadoes crushed houses, tore up trees, and took down power lines, CNN reports.
Sitting about 25 miles southeast of the state capital of Springfield, the Christian County town of Taylorville was among the hardest hit areas, with major damage to at least 100 buildings reported.
Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall spoke to reporters Saturday night shortly after the storms pounded the city of 11,000. The owner says that about 200 cars were damaged in both of the garages and shed. Most were discharged within hours. Several agencies report to the operations center, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and the American Red Cross.
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