Tornadoes In Illinois Cause ‘Severe Damage’

A line of storms moving through the country’s midsection has already produced at least one damaging tornado and the National Weather Service has warned of a “particularly dangerous situation” for eastern Iowa, Illinois, northwest Indiana, northeast Missouri, southeast Wisconsin and Lake Michigan.

The Weather Service said conditions are favorable for “long tracked, significant tornadoes.”

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Update at 2:48 p.m. ET. The Damage Near Peoria:

Marcus Bailey, the chief meteorologist for WMBD-TV in central Illinois, has been tweeting about the situation around Peoria.

He tweeted this photograph of Washington, Ill., just across the lake from Peoria:

The Peoria Journal Star reports that a couple of tornadoes have touched down. One in Washington, the other in Pekin. It’s unclear what the extend of the damage is, but the paper reports:

“Authorities erected a shelter at Cherry Tree Shopping Center, and those injured were being taken to the Washington Fire Department.

“Georgetown Commons apartment complex was severely damaged and other areas were hit hard. Authorities were doing a house-to-house search.

“U.S. Route 24 at Cummings Lane was being shut down. And other parts of the city were being evacuated.”

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