Weekend storms set IL record: 23 December tornadoes

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

Franklin County EMA assisting Central Illinois with tornado recovery efforts

People living in IL are picking up what's left of their homes after almost two dozen tornadoes ripped through the state, injuring at least 30 people.

The National Weather Service says the actual number of tornadoes that touched down will be confirmed in the coming days. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

The storms reportedly caused injury to at least 20 people and significant structural damage. 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.

The warning helped residents take cover and may have saved lives.

Severe thunderstorms also raked IL and Missouri on Saturday.

"We activated the State Emergency Operations Center so that we could closely monitor the situation, keep in contact with local officials and quickly mobilize any state assets that may be needed", Rauner said in a statement.

The central IL town of Taylorville, located southeast of Springfield in Christian County, was the community hardest hit by Saturday's tornadoes.

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.

A Taylorville Memorial Hospital spokesman said 21 people, from age 9 to 97, arrived for treatment Saturday.

A wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded at 5:30 p.m.in Springfield, breaking the last windspeed record for December set in 1972, the weather service said. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival. One death was reported in southwest Missouri early Saturday after thunderstorms there.

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