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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

Weather Service confirms 7 tornado touchdowns on Tuesday in Central Illinois

University of Illinois atmospheric scientist professor Jeff Frame took this picture of a tornado in Maroa on January 3, 2023.

URBANA – The National Weather Service confirms there were seven tornado touchdowns in Central Illinois on Tuesday.

A tornado that occurred 3.5 miles southwest of Maroa touched down again just west of the intersection of US-51 and Washington St in Maroa. It completely destroyed a barn and tossed the remains of a grain bin across the highway. A fence was also destroyed just east of US-51 near the end of N. Sycamore St. The tornado dissipated just southwest of an RV dealership. (National Weather Service photo)

Meteorologists say there were three touchdowns in Macon County, two more in Sangamon County, one in Logan County, and one southeast of Gibson City in Ford County.

After surveying all of the damage sites, it was determined that a tornado with peak winds of 110 miles per hour damaged a barn and tossed the remains of a grain bin across US-51 southwest of Maroa.

A different tornado with 90-mile-per-hour winds damaged a building in Decatur.

No one was injured in the storm.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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