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Tornado touchdowns confirmed in southern Illinois

April 5, 2018

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — National Weather Service surveys have confirmed four tornadoes in southern Illinois after a round a storms Tuesday.

Weather service officials say an EF-1 tornado touched down in Williamson County with wind speeds up to 105 mph, damaging one to two dozen homes, hundreds of trees and snapping power poles. Williamson County authorities issued a disaster declaration.

Another tornado touched down in Saline County, rating an EF-2 with a peak wind speed of 124 mph. It traveled more than 12 miles, destroying three homes and damaging more than a dozen others. A third tornado rated EF-0 touched down near Metropolis in Massac County. It caused shingle damage and downed tree limbs.

Farther north, an EF-1 tornado moved from Fayette to Effingham counties with wind speeds of 110 mph that damaged outbuildings.

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