Rare December tornadoes reported in central US; 1 dead

Christopher Davidson
December 3, 2018

Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield. According to data from the Tornado History Project, the last time tornadoes were reported in IL in December was in 2015 when six tornados broke out.

Photographs and video from Taylorville showed houses flattened, with residents wading into debris to salvage what they could.

The governor activated Illinois' State of Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency officials responded to between 12 and 15 homes Saturday night to evacuate people who were trapped inside, and task forces with ambulances are working to confirm whether any more people are trapped or injured, ABC News 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.

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"Power lines are down", Rauner said. It stayed on the ground for just over a mile and was 75 yards wide.

Central Illinois endured several tornadoes on Saturday, resulting in fascinating footage of the funnels spinning through the state. "It all goes out to the folks right here in our community". The tornado was rated an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour.

At least three people are being treated for major injuries at Memorial Hospital in Springfield and 18 more suffered minor injuries, Rauner said.

Taylorville's assistant fire chief, Andy Goodall, estimated that more than 100 homes were damaged, while Country Classic Cars Dealership owner Russel Noel said about 200 vehicles were damaged by the tornadoes. It was rated an EF2. About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas.

The storms reportedly caused injury to at least 20 people and significant structural damage. One death was reported in southwest Missouri early Saturday after thunderstorms there.

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