At Least Five Tornadoes Touch Down In Central Illinois


VIRGINIA, Ill. (WCIA) – At least three tornadoes touched down in Cass County Saturday afternoon. Another tornado touched down in Schuyler County. A fifth one caused damage near Meridosia and Arenzville.

The first tornado damaged trees and powerlines near Arenzville road near Meredosia.

The next tornado was reported as a brief touchdown three miles west of Virginia by a trained weather spotter at 2:31p.

The third tornado carried north from Virginia and created a debris ball as it lifted north towards Chandlerville.

A debris signature/ball can be detected on radar as damage caused by the tornado is lifted into the atmosphere and thrown about.

The fourth tornado was reported by local fire and rescue near Newmanvsille.

The fifth tornado came from Schuyler County near Littleton.

WCIA has reached out to local authorities who have reported damage to trees and powerlines, and damage at the Virginia High School. Other minor damage was reported in the area.

The National Weather Service will be conducting damage assessments in the area later this weekend.

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