(CARTERVILLE) The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes struck in Southern Illinois during the round of severe thunderstorms this past Tuesday. Officials say an EF-1 tornado touched down in Williamson County near Marion with wind speeds up to 105 miles-per-hour, damaging one to two dozen homes, hundreds of trees, and breaking several utility poles. Another tornado with an EF-2 rating touched down in Saline County in the Harrisburg region with peak wind speeds around 124 miles-per-hour. This twister traveled more than 12 miles, destroying three homes and damaging more than a dozen others. The third tornado was rated an EF-0 and touched down near Metropolis down in Massac County causing some damage to buildings and uprooting some trees. In all of this, no injuries were reported to officials.
(EFFINGHAM) Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says a more than 18 mile long tornado that peaked at 125 miles-per-hour was responsible for damage along a line through southeastern Fayette and southern Effingham Counties, but again, resulting in no injuries from this past Tuesday evening. However several homes and farm buildings were destroyed and/or damaged. The National Weather Service the twister developed around seven miles southeast of Vandalia, traveling northeast before dissipating about four miles northwest of Mason. The tornado had a maximum width of 100 yards and rated an EF-2 event.
(CARMI) The Illinois State Police are investigating a single car crash that killed an out-of-state man along Interstate 64 in rural Wayne County. The report says 64 year old Thomas Shull of St. Charles, Missouri, was eastbound Wednesday afternoon when for unknown reasons his car left the roadway, went across a ditch, and traveled across a county road before striking several trees. Shull was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Illinois State Police were assisted by Wayne County Deputies and Rescue personnel.