5 tornadoes touch down when storms swept Illinois

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Storms that moved across western and central Illinois earlier this week spawned at least five tornadoes.

The National Weather Service says its damage surveys show tornadoes touched down Tuesday evening near Curran, Good Hope, Kickapoo and Trivoli, Moline and Peoria. The storms passed through the state around the time that polls were closing in the Illinois primary election.

Weather service forecasters say hail was common and they had nearly 60 reports of quarter-size hail or larger. The tornadoes brought wind speeds of up to 130 mph in some areas.

Authorities in Rock Island County say the tornado there sent ten people to hospitals but none had life-threatening injuries. About 40 homes were damaged.

In the Springfield area a couple and their 1-year-old son escaped when a tornado destroyed their home.

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