22 tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service on Saturday during afternoon and evening in central Illinois. Many homes turned into piles of splintered wood.
Some homes remained standing but with gaping holes in the roofs or with no roofs at all. At least 30 people were injured in Christian County, just southeast of Springfield. 21 of them were from Taylorville and included a 9-year-old and a 97-year-old. They were transported to hospitals. At least three people are being treated for major injuries at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. About 12 to 15 homes had people trapped inside. A box truck with chemicals was also overturned, officials said. More than 2,000 people remained without power in Taylorville, according to Illinois electric and gas delivery company. One person was killed during a severe storm in Aurora, southwestern Missouri, on Friday, found dead with debris on top of him.
Home debris in Illinois
Severe weather impacted Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay around 3 p.m. Sunday, injuring at least two people. December tornadoes are rare. They occurred in the weekend in Oklahoma and Arkansas too. The National Weather Service sent teams to Taylorville, 25 miles southeast of Springfield and areas along the Illinois River to survey damage. Preliminary estimates are that the Taylorville tornado may have been an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 mph. Illinois has an average of 47 tornadoes a year, not including December. May is the peak month, with an average of 15 tornadoes.