Women, 2 Men Killed in Harrisburg Tornado

NWS gives deadly Harrisburg tornado E4 rating

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- The National Weather Service has given the deadly tornado that leveled parts of the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg an E4 rating.

EF4 is the second-highest rating given to twisters. The rating is assigned to storms based on damage they cause.

Meterologist Rick Shanklin said Wednesday that the storm was 200 yards wide with top winds up to 170 miles per hour.

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Six people killed in a violent southern Illinois tornado included four women and two men.

Saline County Sherriff's Lt. Tracy Felty says about 100 people were injured in the storm early Wednesday in Harrisburg.

Authorities weren't releasing any names.

Darrell Osman says his mother, 75-year-old Mary Osman, was among the dead.

He said he raced to his mother's home not long after the storm and arrived in time to speak to her before she was taken to a hospital with a head injury, a severe cut to her neck and a broken arm and leg. She died a short time later.

The National Weather Service has given the tornado an EF4 rating, the second-highest rating given to twisters. The rating is assigned to storms based on damage they cause.


HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has declared a disaster area in a southern Illinois city after a tornado left six people dead and at least 100 people injured.

Quinn spokes Wednesday afternoon in Harrisburg. His disaster declaration will make recovery resources available to the Saline County city. Quinn's office said earlier Wednesday that the governor would survey the storm damage.


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