People living in IL are picking up what's left of their homes after almost two dozen tornadoes ripped through the state, injuring at least 30 people.
A series of tornadoes formed in Central and Western Illinois Saturday evening as a storm system was greeted by unseasonably warm temperatures.
At least 30 people sustained injuries in Christian County, Ill., and officials said 21 people were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, including one who was considered in critical condition.
Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall spoke to reporters Saturday night shortly after the storms pounded the city of 11,000.
Crews began conducting further damage assessment on Sunday morning.
A tornado mainly went through the countryside, she said. Most were released within hours.
Clean-up efforts are underway in central IL after numerous tornadoes tore through the area over the weekend.
Miller said preliminary estimates are that the Taylorville tornado may have been an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour. About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometres) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas.
Up to three other tornadoes are being investigated in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
The National Weather Service says the actual number of tornadoes that touched down will be confirmed in the coming days.
Miller said preliminary estimates are that the Taylorville tornado may have been an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures. Several agencies report to the operations center, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and the American Red Cross. One death was reported in southwest Missouri early Saturday after thunderstorms there.