Several tornadoes spotted in Illinois

9:54 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Damiansville, IL (KSDK) - The First Alert Weather Team has confirmed several tornadoes have been spotted on the ground in Illinois.

One touched down near Damiansville and is moving east at 25 miles per hour, headed toward New Minden and Centralia. Hail measured at 2.5 inches in diameter is also accompanying this storm.

Damiansville is around 37 miles east of St. Louis.

A tornado also touched down around 5:30 p.m. near Okawville moving east around 25 miles an hour.  This storm is also producing golf ball sized hail.

A tractor-trailer was blown over on eastbound Interstate 64 at the Okawville exit. Two people were taken to a Washinton County, Illinois hospital.  The extent of their injuries is unknown.

PHOTOS: Storm photos from September 25, 2012

The National Weather Service is reporting tornado damage has been reported near Okawville just north of 177 where a farm roof is damaged with shingles blown off. A roof has also been twisted off a metal sheds.

Steve Milliken, Chief of Okawville Police Department says there was damage to the north, west, and east of Okawville, but most of the town was spared. He says there was a lot of tree damage and two semis were blown over on I-64.

Chief Milliken says no injuries have been reported. Tornado sirens went off five or six minutes before the worst of the storm moved into the area. One tornado is confirmed to have touched the ground, and five or six funnel clouds were spotted, but those never reached the ground.

The entirety of the Okawville police force is working the aftermath of the storm.

A tornado was also confirmed by Washington County officials near Addieville.

Eastern Washington County in south central Illinois was under a tornado warning until 6:15 p.m., and Jefferson County, Illinois was under a tornado warning until 6:45 p.m.

Anyone within the limits of a tornado warning should take cover in an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 5 and the radar for the latest information.

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