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Governor Asks Feds For Tornado Relief

Posted by wlpo on March 8, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is asking President Obama to declare five southern Illinois counties major disaster areas so that people and businesses affected by recent tornadoes can receive federal aid.

Federal assistance is being sought for Gallatin, Randolph, Saline, Union and Williamson counties. In Saline County, six people killed when a tornado swept through Harrisburg. 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.

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