An Unusual Wave of Tornadoes Hits the US: The most affected city so far is Taylorville, located about 45 kilometers south of Springfield, capital of Illinois, where more than 500 buildings were damaged and 21 people were injured, including three serious
An unusual wave of tornadoes that hit the center of the United States between Saturday and Sunday left dozens injured and hundreds of buildings destroyed, local authorities confirmed today.
At least 22 tornadoes were recorded in central Illinois and other storms are heading south-east of the country, as indicated by the National Meteorological Service (NWS, for its acronym in English) in a report. The possible tornadoes would hit part of Georgia and South Carolina, on the North American east coast.
The most affected city so far is Taylorville, located about 45 kilometers south of Springfield, capital of Illinois, where more than 500 buildings were damaged and 21 people were injured, including three seriously.
“It’s a miracle that no one has died in this tragedy,” said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who visited the area where debris is visible, and trees and power lines on the ground.
For his part, the mayor of Taylorville, Bruce Barry, said today in dialogue with the local station “Taylorville Daily News” that “cleaning operations have already begun in the affected areas” and the reconnection of the electric service to “more than 2,000 users who lost it during tornadoes. ”
Although Illinois is one of the states with the largest presence of tornadoes a year, meteorological authorities say that the appearance of storms at this time is atypical because the regular season is from April to June.
2016 was the year with the highest number of tornadoes in that state of the country with a total of 142, according to the State Climatological Office.
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