WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) – Six people have died from a tornado that ripped through the Midwest Sunday afternoon, according to a spokesperson with the National Weather Service.
Two of the fatalities were recorded between Nashville and New Minden, Ill., which is approximately 50 miles east of St. Louis. An EF4 tornado, which is between 166-200 miles per hour, has been confirmed to have hit the area. The third death occurred in Washington, Ill, and two others occurred in Massac County in southern Illinois, according to Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Late Sunday night, a sixth death was also confirmed in Massac County.
Nashville Fire Department said four homes were severely damaged in Washington County.
The National Weather Service is on its way to survey damage.
State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Highland) released a statement Sunday afternoon:
"I have received several phone calls from constituents in Clinton and Washington counties which have been affected by the recent tornado which hit parts of the region today. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, and Salvation Army have been contacted to provide assistance. My office will continue to work with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local government to determine where assistance is needed in order to provide relief for those affected by the recent storm. The individuals and families affected by this deadly storm will remain in my prayers."
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) released a statement Sunday evening, "My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by today's severe storms. I am receiving regular updates from Illinois emergency officials and local leaders including those from Washington, Illinois – one of the areas that was hardest hit today. While we don't yet know the full extent of the damage, it is clear that coordinated local, state and federal resources will be needed to rebuild. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in that effort."
The Illinois National Guard has been dispatched to central Illinois communities, which were struck by a series of storms and tornadoes, according to an Associated Press report.
Associated Press contributed to this report.