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April 19, 2011

Tornado reported in northern part of county

DANVILLE — A tornado touch down was reported Tuesday night as a line of storms paraded across central Illinois.

The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency reported at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday that a tornado had been spotted on the ground north of Henning. The tornado, EMA indicated, was traveling northeast at 60 mph.

As a result of the tornado spotting, emergency sirens were activated in villages of Rossville, Alvin and Henning.

As of 8:40 p.m., Ameren was reporting 373 people without power in Vermilion County.

Ameren is reporting power outages throughout east central Illinois due to downed power lines.

Power outages also were being reported in areas of Champaign County. As of 8:30 p.m., about 3,400 customers were without power.

Vermilion County EMA reported at 7:30 p.m. that the level of the North Fork River had reached action stage at 8.35 feet.

It was considered highly likely the river would be in flood stage by early today.

County EMA officials reported numerous tree limbs down in the Henning area as well as trees down west of Rossville.

Power lines were reported down across Illinois Route 1 and Illinois Route 9 as well as a tree and power lines down across Glenburn Creek Road.

Deputies and EMA were dispatched to Henning for damage assessment.

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