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Forecasters say twister had winds of up to 190 mph

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  • Demolished homes and vehicles Sunday in the Devonshire Subdivision in Washington. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Demolished homes and vehicles Sunday in the Devonshire Subdivision in Washington. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
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LINCOLN -- National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the central Illinois community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour.

The meteorologists say Monday that the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4.

The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday's severe weather.

Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2.

National Weather Service survey crews are heading out Monday to review damage near Peoria as well as Champaign and Vermilion counties.

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