National Weather Service: Eight tornadoes touched down in northern, central Illinois Wednesday

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CHICAGO -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado cut a more than 11-mile path through the Illinois city of Pontiac, injuring four people on Wednesday night, June 22nd.

The weather service increased its count of the twisters to eight on Thursday afternoon, a day after the storms.

Tornadoes determined thus far:

  • Pontiac: EF-2
  • Marseilles to Seneca: EF-2
  • Cissna Park: EF-1
  • West Brooklyn: EF-1
  • Ottawa: EF-1
  • Troy Grove: EF-1
  • Ottawa 5 NW:  EF-1
  • Mazon: EF-0

It says an EF-2 tornado with estimated top wind speeds of 115 to 125 mph cut a path more than 11 miles long through the city of Pontiac. Its maximum width was about four football fields wide. That tornado injured four people.

Survey crews also have identified three EF-1 tornadoes, with maximum winds up to 110 mph, that struck Cissna Park, Ottawa and West Brooklyn. No injuries resulted from those storms, but they downed trees, damaged buildings and flattened corn stalks.