Storm levels at least two towns

By Jennifer Roscoe |

Published 11/21 2013 10:41AM

Updated 11/21 2013 10:45AM

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Severe weather has leveled at least two towns in the state. It has been confirmed tornadoes hit Gifford, Flatville and Washington. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) confirms at least one person is dead and multiple injuries are being reported in Washington and Gifford.

Gifford is about 35 miles northeast of Champaign. Washington is in Tazewell County, near Peoria. WCIA-3's Jennifer Roscoe shows us some of the devastation.

This is what's left of Washington. A possible EF-4 tornado hit the town of 15,000 at speeds of 170 mph. Homes and businesses are unrecognizable. The devastation is blocks-wide. Homes were flattened by the twister moving about 60 mph.

About two hours later, a different storm; almost the same damage. Gifford sustained EF-2 damage. It means winds more than 110 mph. Dozens of homes in this town of less than 1,000 are damaged. Pieces of those lives are now scattered miles away.

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