Illinois tornado damaged 1500 homes, number may rise

Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013

Illinois tornadoThe destruction wreaked by the tornado last Sunday is being seen in perspective. As storm surveys continued after Sunday’s Midwest tornado outbreak, officials in Illinois now say the number of homes damaged or destroyed has risen to 1,500.


The number could still rise as federal teams compile more information in the field.


Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that the figure will almost certainly go up after Sunday’s tornadoes.


Officials also said Thursday that 20 confirmed tornadoes touched down around the state. Six people were killed.


Thompson says Federal Emergency Management Agency workers started assessing damage in towns such as Washington on Thursday afternoon.


As of Thursday evening, The Weather Channel’s tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes said at least 67 tornadoes were confirmed across nine states Sunday. He also cautioned that the number could rise as survey teams from the National Weather Service wrap up their assessments in the damaged areas.

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