Officials: 8 dead, up to 200 injured in massive storms

The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says storms and tornadoes destroyed or heavily damaged between 250 and 500 homes in the Tazewell County community.

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 6:44 PM

CHICAGO -- Illinois emergency officials say massive storms that killed six people also injured between 150 and 200 people across the state.

That’s according to Jonathon Monken, who is the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

(Click here to view photos of the damage)

He spoke in Chicago on Monday morning with Gov. Pat Quinn. Monken adds those figures could change.

Monken says most of the injuries are in the Tazewell County community of Washington, where about 120 people were hurt. Some of the injuries were severe.

The storm killed three people in southern Illinois near Brookport, along with two people in New Minden. A sixth person died in Washington.

 

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