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Five tornadoes touch down in Central Illinois

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Winds gusting at more than 60 mph combined with a chilling cold front caused five tornadoes to touch down in Central Illinois Thursday afternoon.

The first tornado struck in rural Pittsfield about 2:30 p.m., said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Schaffer. There were no serious damages reported, Schaffer said.

Meanwhile, in Morgan County--about 15 miles east of Springfield--several machine sheds and a home were damaged after a second tornado struck the Jacksonville area, the weather service said.

There was a tornado in rural Mechanicsburgh, but no damages were reported, Schaffer said.

Three homes and several farm buildings were destroyed following a fourth tornado in Pana, Schaffer said. The fifth and final reported tornado could be seen in Effingham about 4:20 p.m., where no serious damages were reported, Schaffer added.

Meanwhile, strong winds blowing at more than 60 mph carried enough speed to blow several semis off Interstate 55, causing the highway to close, the weather service said.

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