NWS: At Least Five Tornadoes In Illinois Tuesday


PEORIA-----The National Weather Service says storms that rolled through western and central Illinois Tuesday night produced at least five tornadoes.

NWS officials say damage surveys show tornadoes touched down Tuesday evening near Curran, Good Hope, Kickapoo and Trivoli, Moline and Peoria.

In the Springfield area a couple and their one year old son son escaped when a tornado destroyed their home.

The storms passed through the state around the time that polls were closing in the Illinois primary election.

Weather service forecasters say hail was common and they had nearly 60 reports of quarter-size hail or larger. The tornadoes brought wind speeds of up to 130 mph in some areas.

Authorities in Rock Island County say the tornado there sent ten people to hospitals but none had life-threatening injuries. About 40 homes were damaged.

WAND thanks Farmer Fro for the picture in this article showing a funnel cloud or tornado near Springfield Tuesday.

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