Spring Storms

At least four people are dead in a north-central Illinois town after strong storms cut through the region. A state trooper had said earlier that four people were hurt and four others missing after a tavern collapsed in Utica about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.

The storms spun off tornadoes that ripped the roof off a Utica school and damaged dozens of other buildings, even collapsing some. Emergency crews have been gingerly picking through the remains, looking for people who might have been trapped inside.

One man said he saw a twister that was the size of four homes with lots of debris swirling. The storms also ripped through Indiana.

While many counties in our viewing area were under warnings Tuesday night, but the bulk of the storm's power seemed to be centered further south and east. Com-Ed says more than 12,000 people are without service Tuesday night due to high winds and storms. A Com-Ed spokesman says most of the power outages are in south suburban Chicago.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says as many as three tornados may have touched down in Granville, south-west of Lasalle-Peru.


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