UPDATE: Second person dies after tornado in La Salle County

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Updated: 10:37 a.m. March 2, 2017

UPDATE: OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- A northern Illinois man has died after being struck by a tree during powerful a Midwestern storm, raising the state's toll to three.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 31-year-old David A. Johnson of Ottawa was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at a Peoria hospital. The coroner says Johnson died of severe head trauma.

Harwood says Johnson was working in a backyard with his spouse and father-in-law Tuesday when the storm uprooted a tree that landed on all three. Johnson's 76-year-old father-in-law, Wayne Tuntland, died at the scene. Johnson's spouse was treated and released from a hospital.

Seventy-one-year-old Thomas McCord also died Tuesday when an apparent tornado struck a building in Crossville, in southern Illinois.

In Missouri, a 24-year-old man also died when a tornado hit his vehicle along Interstate 55.

A disaster recovery fund for the survivors of the tornado has been set up. For more information on how to donate, please click on the attached related link.

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Posted: 10:50 a.m. March 1, 2017

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) Authorities say a deadly storm system that pounded the central U.S. is causing flooding in parts of northern West Virginia.

Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says the agency is monitoring conditions throughout the state with the help of county and municipal authorities.

He says some roads have been flooded and drains are backing up, and that some schools cancelled classes as a precaution.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Hart told WTRF-TV in Wheeling that flooding was occurring on four creeks.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Wednesday evening for the Northern Panhandle and a severe thunderstorm and flood watch for most of the state.

The spring-like storm system has been blamed for killing two people in Illinois and one in Missouri.

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Posted: 10:40 a.m. March 1, 2017

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- Communities across Illinois are cleaning up from a deadly storm system that blew through the state and much of the Midwest.

At least three people died and authorities reported minor injuries. In Illinois, the storms damaged homes and businesses and toppled trees and powerlines.

In southwestern Illinois, many residents were still without power in Randolph County on Wednesday. Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Edwardsville.

In the central Illinois community of Washburn, several homes were damaged. Resident Nelda Bezille tells the Peoria Journal-Star that her garage collapsed on her car.

Two people were killed in Illinois, including one in the central Illinois city of Ottawa.

The National Weather Service has dispatched survey teams to assess the damage. Meteorologist Amy Seeley says the teams also will determine how long tornados were on the ground.

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Posted: February 28, 2017

ILLINOIS (AP) -- At least one person was killed when a tornado spawned by a late-winter storm system swept through the central Illinois city of Ottawa.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson says the victim, who hasn't been identified, was killed Tuesday by an uprooted tree. It hasn't been determined how many people were injured by the storm.

Thompson says the extent of the damage caused by high winds won't be determined until Wednesday. However, a twister hit the LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa. A woman answering the telephone at the nursing home said several residents reported bumps and bruises but no serious injuries.

Emergency crews also were sent to the Village of Naplate, where several structures, including a factory, were damaged.

Thompson says storm damage was also reported in Woodford County, east of Peoria. No injuries were reported.

A tornado watch remained in effect in northern and central Illinois late Tuesday.

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Posted: February 28, 2017

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has activated the state's emergency operations center as local officials reported damage from tornados spawned by a late-winter storm system.

Officials say activation of the State Emergency Operations Center will ensure state agencies are in place to give any assistance needed by those affected by Tuesday's storms.

A twister hit the LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa in central Illinois. A woman answering the telephone at the nursing home said several residents reported bumps and bruises but no serious injuries.

Patients at the nursing home were evacuated to a nearby school.

Emergency crews have been sent to the Village of Naplate, where several structures were heavily damaged and there were fears people are trapped under the debris.

A tornado watch remained in effect in northern and central Illinois until 10 p.m.