Rare December tornadoes reported in central USA; 1 dead

Rare December tornadoes reported in central U.S.     One dead in and at least 20 injured in U.S. tornado
    The Canadian PressDec. 3 2018 7:15

Rare December tornadoes reported in central U.S. One dead in and at least 20 injured in U.S. tornado The Canadian PressDec. 3 2018 7:15

A full assessment will be completed sometime Monday or Tuesday after the teams have finished tracking the start and end points of the storms, Chris Miller, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln, told Fortune.

Emergency Management officials in Central Illinois are investigating a dozen reports of tornadoes touching down. The exact number of tornadoes won't be known until crews survey the damage, beginning Sunday.

IL has an average of 47 tornadoes a year, not including December, which doesn't have an average, said CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, speaking of the rarity of Saturday's twister cluster. No reports of fatalities have been recorded in IL, although one person has been killed in neighbouring Missouri as a result of the storms. A survey showed that storm produced estimated peak winds of 155 mph (249 kilometres per hour). The tornado was rated an EF2, which indicates wind speeds as high as 135 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas in IL, which included Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield, Springfield's State Journal-Register reported.

A Taylorville Memorial Hospital spokesman said 21 people, from age 9 to 97, arrived for treatment Saturday. A lot of them were discharged within hours of their arrival. It could take several more days to know for sure. It was rated an EF2. About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometres) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas.

"There were several people who were initially trapped in their homes due to damage initially but were rescued", Crews said.

According to data from the Tornado History Project, the last time tornadoes were reported in IL in December was in 2015 when six tornados broke out. Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and some structures.

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