12 possible tornadoes reported in Illinois storms
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Officials say the strong storms that raked Illinois spawned at least a dozen reports of tornadoes and caused damage in 30 counties but no serious injuries or deaths.
The National Weather Service says two rounds of storms crossed the state Wednesday.
Meteorologist Eric Lenning says the weather service on Thursday was still trying to sort out exactly how many tornadoes were part of those storms. He says most damage appears to have been limited to downed trees and power lines and shingles blown off roofs.
Other locations recorded record rainfall. Almost 3 inches fell in Peoria.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson says local governments in many locations are cleaning up but so far none has reported problems serious enough to require help from the state.
Tornado warning sirens went off in Champaign County on Wednesday night after authorities reported two separate sightings of tornadoes in west Champaign, according to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service. Large hail was also reported around to the south and to the east of Champaign. Beyond one injury from an overturned semitrailer from heavy winds Wednesday morning, no other injuries were reported.
*Storms hit Champaign County and surrounding areas*
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Source: National Weather Service preliminary data from May 25, 2011.
__Nathaniel Lash contributed to this report.__