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Tornadoes suspected in Jackson County, Illinois

1:30 PM, May 8, 2009   |    comments
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CARBONDALE, IL (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in two southern Illinois counties say they spotted tornadoes as a storm system swept through the region.

Illinois State Police say they're getting reports of storm damage in seven counties.

According to the National Weather Service, winds were blowing between 70 and 90 miles per hour in the area at midday Friday. And wind gusts near the southern Illinois community of Carbondale reached 100 miles per hour.

The storm system began this morning and police are reporting tornados in Jackson and Perry counties.

Derek Misener of Jackson County's emergency management agency says he suspects his area may have had multiple tornadoes with "substantial countywide damage and injuries."

Severe winds uprooted trees in a Carbondale trailer park.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says there are also reports of flash flooding and hail.

 

 

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