Washington, IL Twister an EF-4

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) _ National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour.

The meteorologists say that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday’s severe weather.

Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.   A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2.

National Weather Service survey crews are heading out to review damage near Peoria as well as Champaign and Vermilion counties.

 

*photo from out sister station in Galesburg, WGIL

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