Surprise Tornado Blitz Strikes Central Illinois, Injuring at Least 30

Franklin County EMA assisting Central Illinois with tornado recovery efforts

Smith says that while numerous injuries were reported in Saturday's storms no fatalities were reported in IL due to the severe weather outbreak.

May is typically the peak month with about 15 tornadoes. Around 20 people were injured, but there were no deaths. If the majority are confirmed, that would be the most tornadoes in IL in a December storm since Dec. 18-19, 1957, when there were 21.

But at least 23 tornado touchdowns on Saturday have been confirmed in Illinois, said Dan Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service's Lincoln, Illinois, office.

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

"Power lines are down", Rauner said.

Another smaller tornado developed earlier in the evening near Webbers Falls which uprooted trees and damaged irrigation systems and barns. 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.

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Severe thunderstorms also raked IL and Missouri on Saturday.

Residents in central IL on Sunday assessed damage after rare December tornadoes that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people the day before.

Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield. He said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own. Officials say 21 people were hospitalized there, one critically, and crews responded to over a dozen houses that contained trapped people, per ABC News.

The National Weather Service has two teams in central IL right now to investigate the damage, which will take a few days to complete. Majority were discharged within hours of their arrival. But at least 12 tornadoes were reported in IL on Saturday, including one in Taylorville which has been confirmed.

"It was one of those storms that just blew up", Christian County sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp told reporters on Saturday.

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