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Courtesy Andrew Pritchard and the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) said at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in Illinois, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December.  In west central Illinois, tornadoes were reported in Cass, McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler, and Mason counties.

Cleaning Up from Western Illinois Storms

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Tom Williams

Patty and Carl Sloan managed to escape injury Tuesday evening by reaching the basement of their home outside Avon just as a powerful storm hit.

Cameron Needs New Tornado Siren

Jul 23, 2015
T.J. Carson

The last stand for Cameron’s tornado siren was alerting the community's residents to last week’s EF-2 twister. And now the Warren County town needs a new one.

More Information About Cameron Tornado

Jul 21, 2015
T.J. Carson

The National Weather Service believes the tornado that struck Cameron July 16 was EF-2 storm with wind speeds of around 125 miles per hour.

Rich Egger

The tornado that tore through the Warren County community of Cameron caused extensive damage.  But no one was killed and no serious injuries are reported.

reddit.com

The central Illinois community flattened by an EF4 tornado one year ago (November 17, 2013) is bouncing back.

More State Money Coming For Tornado Relief

Jul 8, 2014

More money is on the way for Illinois communities devastated by last fall's tornadoes. Officials are making available more than $11 million dollars of state relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city of Washington is getting the majority of those funds. The community will use the money to repair streets and sidewalks. It's part of an overall package to help local governments recoup some of the costs associated with storm cleanup. That’s after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance. 

NWS Storm Spotter Certification Class

Mar 3, 2014
Justin Hobson / Wikimedia Commons

Even with today’s technology, the National Weather Service still depends on certified storm spotters across the nation to serve as eyes on the ground.

November Tornadoes in Illinois

Nov 19, 2013
reddit.com

Weather statistics show it’s not unheard of for a tornado to touch down in Illinois during November.

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media

Although November tornadoes are not common in Illinois, Dr. Jack Rozdilsky said no one should be surprised when one happens.

WIU Researcher Analyzes Tornadoes

Jul 31, 2013
WIU

Tornadoes are fact of life in the Midwest.  A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a National Science Foundation grant to look inside storms to figure out which ones will spawn twisters.

The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's (February 29) strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.

The Saline County Sheriff's office reports six people are dead and more than 100 injured as a result of the storms.

Storm victims are being transported to hospitals in Williamson County for treatment.  The sheriff's department reports more than 200 homes damaged or destroyed in Harrisburg along with 25 businesses, including the hospital.

Joplin Tornado Tested Hospital's Staff

Feb 13, 2012

The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri last year killed 161 people, injured nearly one-thousand and destroyed a quarter of the city.

A nurse who helped care for the injured says frequent drills and revisions to response plans saved lives.

Marilyn Welling works at St. John's Hospital. She said the city was preparing for a disaster drill when the tornado struck in May.

She said, “If you do drill and you have your command center, you have a plan in place that tries to be as comprehensive as possible, you can prepare. It will make a difference.”