IL faces tornado destruction

At least 15 homes are destroyed and dozens more damaged in central Illinois after tornadoes swept the area over the weekend.

BY SUSAN KIM | DEWITT COUNTY, Ill. | June 1, 2003


At least 15 homes are destroyed and dozens more damaged in central Illinois after tornadoes swept the area over the weekend.

DeWitt County bore the brunt of the storm. Up to 50 homes in that county had tornado damage, according to Scott Gauvin, spokesperson for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Local damage reports indicated 15 of those homes might have to be torn down.

At least two homes were destroyed in Logan County.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter in Clinton but reported most of those displaced did not stay in the shelter.

In addition to hitting DeWitt and Logan counties, the storm crossed Mason, Tazewell and Will counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Roofs were torn off several buildings in Will County, according to local damage assessment reports from the sheriff's office.

The weekend twisters that hit central Illinois over the weekend caused more damage than a set that swept through Wednesday of last week.

Minor damage was reported in northern Illinois, in Lee, Kendall and Winnebago counties.

Some 6,000 people were without power but most of those already had electricity restored by Sunday morning.


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