ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — Reports of high winds and tornadoes have been reported cross central and northern Illinois as a strong storm front rumbled through the Plains.

Authorities say a tornado has touched down near the central Illinois community of Rochelle. Initial reports from the Ogle County Sheriff's Department is that the funnel has caused considerable damage.

A sheriff's dispatcher who would not give her name said a tornado also swept across the nearby town of Hillcrest late Thursday. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Winnebago County Sheriff's spokesman Ken DeCoster says funnel clouds were spotted near Rockford, but did not touch down. However, there were reports of extensive damage in an area southeast of the city in the unincorporated community of Fairdale in DeKalb County.

A dispatcher with the McHenry County Sheriff's Department said they have received several reports of tornadoes in the area of Woodstock. She said high winds appear to be moving to the northeast across the county.