Tornadoes, flash flooding reported across Central Illinois

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Tornadoes ripped across Central Illinois on the first day of December, leaving damage in their wake.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln reports the first tornado in Central Illinois touched down around 3:25 p.m. Saturday east of Beardstown. The city’s water plant suffered damage, and trees and power lines were knocked down across the area.

A tornado touched down in Fulton County near Lewistown around 4 p.m. On Facebook, Zach Nayden reported his family’s Native Trails Winery was destroyed.

Near Easton in Mason County, a mobile home was destroyed by a tornado around 5 p.m. A woman’s uncle on the scene said she was rushed to a hospital.


In the Pekin and East Peoria areas, roads were shut down by emergency responders after flash flooding left several feet of water on the roadways. Around 7 p.m., up to three feet of water was reported on the streets in some parts of East Peoria, with multiple cars stalling out due to the high waters.

A tornado was reported about two miles northeast of LeRoy. Viewer video sent by Ryan Hearon can be seen in the player above.

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