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A severe storm hit northern Illinois spawning thunders and tornadoes. Trees were uprooted, houses were damaged and at least 7 people were injured.
Coal City which is 60 miles southwest of Chicago was touched down by a twister according to the National weather Service. The community of 5.000 residents was affected on Monday night. According to Lt. David Doerfler of the Coal City Fire Protection District trees and power lines fell and blocked the roads in the city. Illinois State Police reported that the Interstate 55 highway was shut down for hours because of the fallen power lines.
Joe Schroeder , the director of Grundy County Emergency Management, said that they are in the process of establishing the damage. According to him two injuries were confirmed and they may be followed by others and 30 buildings were affected, many of which were in residential areas. A local high school was transformed in a shelter.
The storms caused damage further east, near Lee County (Sublette). According to John Simonton, the Sheriff of Lee County firefighters together with other emergency workers took care of a situation in a private campaign resort, Woodhaven Association. Many trees fell down, some of which affecting association homes and there was lots of flooding too. Five persons were injured, one of which was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The other four either refused treatment or were treated on the scene, said Kevin Schultz, Sublette assistant Fire Chief. He also said that the number of injuries could still increase.
Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said that they were prepared all night in case someone requested their help. Early on Tuesday 14.000 Commonwealth Edison customers were reported to have no power. Ameren also reported that 1.000 customers had no power.
Michigan too was affected by storms. A fire official reported that a severe storm affected at least four houses and dozens of trees fell down. 25 miles southeast of Saginaw power lines fell down and a few people from there were treated for minor injuries.
Portland was hit by a tornado rated EF1. Moreover the winds were around 100 mph. Five people were rescued from the buildings there.
The winds were so high that they lifted the roof off a fire station in Menominee and two of the three vehicles in the building were damaged by the collapse although there were no injuries.
Image Source: Chicago Sun-Times