Four Tornadoes Touch Down in Illinois, Homes Destroyed

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Four tornadoes touched down in east central Illinois Friday, the National Weather Service has confirmed.

The NWS said that it will conduct damage assessment surveys in Champaign and Vermilion counties on Saturday morning.

The first tornado was reported in Champaign County, and was on the ground for 17 minutes between 6:33 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. The next tornado was in Vermilon County at 6:39 p.m., followed by a tornado with a "brief touchdown" in Clark County at 6:46 p.m. Vermilion County was hit by another tornado at 7:22 p.m.


The Champaign County Sheriff's Office confirmed a tornado destroyed two residences and a corn crib. No injuries have been reported.

WLS also reported there was some damage in Homer, Illinois.

Strong winds also caused damage elsewhere in the Midwest. According to ABC News meteorologist Dan Manzo, winds up to 75mph were reported in parts of Oklahoma, knocking down power lines near I-44. Hail measuring over 2.5 inches in diameter was also reported near Dodge City, Kansas.

But Manzo has positive news for residents of the region: "The threat for severe weather has diminished Saturday morning with no immediate concerns for additional tornadoes."


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