People Injured in Destructive Tornadoes That Hit Illinois

Steven Tirpak cleans debris from the remains of his two-story home in Taylorville Ill. Sunday Dec. 2 2018. Tirpak and his infant were not home when the storm struck. The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes touched down in central Illinois

Steven Tirpak cleans debris from the remains of his two-story home in Taylorville Ill. Sunday Dec. 2 2018. Tirpak and his infant were not home when the storm struck. The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes touched down in central Illinois

The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri and IL and was working to verify reports of tornadoes in Arkansas.

The National Weather Service has two teams in central IL right now to investigate the damage, which will take a few days to complete. The exact number of tornadoes won't be known until crews survey the damage, beginning Sunday. If most are confirmed as tornadoes, Miller said that would be the most tornadoes in IL in a December storm since Dec. 18-19, 1957, when there were 21.

Officials say all Taylorville Public Schools will be closed on Monday due to storm damage and for the safety of students and staff.

The central IL town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was the community hardest hit by Saturday's tornadoes. "It all goes out to the folks right here in our community".

Taylorville Memorial Hospital reported 21 patients sustained storm-related injuries and one patient was critically injured.

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. Most were released within hours. Miller said three people remained hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon. The tornado was rated an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour. It could take several more days to know for sure.

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

Up to three other tornadoes are being investigated in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. It was rated an EF2. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures.

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