Tornadoes demolish Illinois town

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As Siouxland is still shoveling out after our snowstorm, it’s a much different scene in Illinois after nearly a dozen twisters caused damage over the weekend. 

A rare December tornado outbreak swept across Illinois. 

Neighborhoods like the town of Taylorville ripped apart more than 20 people injured in the wake of the storm.

“This is one of my storage buildings here. I had three buildings on site. And all three have some damage but as you can see behind me, this one is completely wiped out,” said Bill Kinney of Kinney Contractors.

At least 12 tornadoes were reported in Illinois on Saturday.  If confirmed, this would be the most tornadoes to hit the state in over 60 years.  

“I seen the tornado hit. It hit the house over there,” said one local resident, Marvin Fenton. “It tore up, tore up corn crib. It turned the pickup truck all the way around in a circle, and I was right behind it. I felt the wind force my car. It sounded like a train.”

The severe weather in Illinois was part of a line of thunderstorms that tore through areas of the central U.S. over the weekend. 

In Oklahoma, an EF-2 tornado flipped oats, mangled buildings, ripped apart trees.  In Missouri, the storm was deadly. One man was killed when an EF-1 with winds more than 100 miles per hour struck an Aurora motel.

The strong storms should continue Monday and bring the threat of flash flooding from the southeast and lake effect snow in the great lakes and northeast.  A separate system is bringing severe weather to Florida with tornadoes and flash flooding. 

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