Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

21 injured, 100 homes damaged in south IL tornado

Franklin County EMA assisting Central Illinois with tornado recovery efforts Surprise Tornado Blitz Strikes Central Illinois, Injuring at Least 30
Kristen Harrington | 03 December, 2018, 19:52

The tornado was on the ground for one-tenth of a mile, it was 50 yards wide.with wind speeds of 80 miles per hour. About 10 minutes later, a second weaker tornado was confirmed less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away near the town of Rudy, Arkansas. She said a tornado mainly went through the countryside, but "I know of one house that had major damage". Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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Tornadoes were also reported in Arkansas and Oklahoma. That advanced warning gave people critical time to take cover and may have saved lives.

Severe weather impacted Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay around 3 p.m. Sunday, injuring at least two people, Assistant Public Affairs Officer Chris Tucker said. With at least nine confirmed tornadoes, Saturday's outbreak was the second largest December tornado outbreak ever recorded in IL. If most are confirmed as tornadoes, Miller said that would be the most tornadoes in IL in a December storm since Dec. 18-19, 1957, when there were 21. Extensive home damage occurred here as well as a winery, and uprooted trees and downed power lines. The tornado traveled at least 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast, though investigators are still determining its end location. No injuries have been reported. The severe weather in IL was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central US late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri.

Apple to release Apple Music on Amazon’s Echo devices in December
"We're excited to bring Apple Music to our Alexa customers this holiday season", says Amazon in its DayOne blog post . The addition of Apple Music is a gift to all the users who want to play the songs via their Apple Music library.

Although there is significant damage to report, miraculously, no one was killed.

Hardest hit was the town of Taylorville, about 30 miles southeast of the capital of Springfield. Officials say 21 people were hospitalized there, one critically, and crews responded to over a dozen houses that contained trapped people, per ABC News. Most were released within hours. Several agencies report to the operations center, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Health and the American Red Cross.

Another 51 pilot whales die off New Zealand
The Chatham Islands are about 500 miles east of New Zealand's main islands and are home to about 600 people. The stranding comes less than a week after 145 whales were stranded in Stewart Island, pictured.

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