Six people are now confirmed to have died as a result of yesterday’s E-F4 tornadoes, according to Gov. Pat Quinn.
Three people were killed in Brookport: Scholitta Burrus, 63, Kathy George, 58, and Robert Harmon, 56. Two people died in New Minden, and one in Washington. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency estimates that between 150 and 200 people were injured. Washington appears to have been hit the hardest in terms of the number of injuries and homes destroyed, but Quinn wants everyone affected by the storm should make an initial assessment of the damage.
“It is important that our families and our businesses make, as best they can given these difficult circumstances, a full record of what has been lost,” Quinn said.
Quinn says that step will be crucial to providing accurate information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Seven counties in the state have been declared state disaster areas-Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Champaign, Tazewell, Washington, and Woodford.
Quinn will be surveying the damage today in Washington, Diamond, Gifford, Brookport, and New Minden.
Cleanup and assessing damage are the order of the day in Vermilion County.
There was tornado damage in the Catlin area, where two farm houses were damaged by a tornado three miles southwest of the village, while two farms were reported destroyed two miles southeast of Catlin. Tornado damage to machine sheds was also reported in the Jamaica area.
Tornado damage also was reported near Westville, where trees and power poles were knocked down. In addition there was damage to the high school and to a mobile home. A tornado also was reported north of Westville.
On the northern edge of the county, a trained spotter reported a sporadic tornado damage from three miles west of Hoopeston to northeast of the county line. Several barns were severely damaged as well as an irrigation system destroyed. A roof was blown off a machine shed. Five farm houses in that area were heavily damaged.
Thunderstorms near Danville resulted in a roof off a home three miles south of the city.
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