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Apparent Tornadoes Hit Southern Illinois

Posted by wlpo on May 8, 2009

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – Injuries are being reported in southern Illinois in the wake of thunderstorms that packed 100-mph winds that moved across the area today.

Health officials say a truck driver who had to be extricated from an overturned semitrailer was in serious condition at a local hospital.

Rosslynd Rice of Southern Illinois Healthcare says about six other patients with minor injuries were being treated at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Carbondale Township Fire Captain Mark Black says trees are down and siding from homes is strewn everywhere. He says his firefighters are cutting trees out of the roadway so they can get their trucks out.

More than 33,000 Ameren customers are without power, mostly around Carbondale, Marion, Herrin.

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