TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Over a hundred buildings damaged and at least 25 injured after a large tornado that tore through Taylorville, Illinois, Saturday.
The tornado struck the town of about 11,200 residents just after 5 p.m. Saturday. Taylorville is about 25 miles southeast of the state's capital, Springfield.
Downed power lines and trees littered the city, which was preparing for its Twilight Christmas Parade, the Breeze Courier reported.
No deaths were reported.
Taylorville Memorial Hospital spokesman Michael Leathers told the State Journal Register 21 people were treated there for storm-related injuries on Saturday. Three with more serious injuries were transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. On Sunday, four more people were treated for storm-related injuries, WICS News Channel 20 reported, two of them fell and two others were hurt while cleaning debris.
The city of Taylorville was last struck by a tornado – rated F1 – on April 2, 2006, according to NWS-Lincoln.
There were 22 reports of tornadoes Saturday in central and southern Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.