Saturday, December 01, 2018

Severe Storms Dec. 1 in Central Illinois

Loren Habegger, District Disaster Coordinator, share the following via email on Dec. 4:

A series of severe storms, including tornados, struck central Illinois on Saturday, December 1. Copied below is a storm report from public media and response activities as reported through Illinois Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), of which the IL/WI District is a member.

Any information related to damage or injury to IL/WI District CoB church communities, and possible need for assistance can be forwarded to Loren Habegger, the District Disaster Response Coordinator, or to the District office.

Clippings from the Washington Post: www.washington

A late-season tornado outbreak hit Illinois Saturday, dropping at least 26 confirmed tornadoes and injuring more than two dozen people in Illinois.

Two monster thunderstorms spun up, one in west central Illinois and the other about 75 miles to the east.

The western cluster dropped a total of nine shortlived tornadoes along the banks of the Illinois River from Beardstown to Havana.

Possibly the strongest tornado of the day struck Taylorville, at times a half-mile wide as it plowed into the city of 11,000. Fox Illinois reported that 26 people were taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital after sustaining tornado-related injuries. Six remain in critical condition. The windstorm also severely damaged 100 homes.

Response efforts compiled by the Illinois Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), of which the IL/WI District is a member:
  • 34 homes have been destroyed, 45 have major damage and 400 have minor damage.
  • There were 21 injuries with 1 critical. One person suffered a heart attack during clean-up.
  • There will be a P.O.D. (point of distribution) for food lost due to the event at the Christian County fairgrounds.
  • Donations are being collected at the Taylorville Food Bank. Online donations can go to
Current response information is available on the facebook link “Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ILVOAD)”