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Tornado Briefly Touches Down Near South Pekin As Severe Storms Roll Through Central Illinois

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National Weather Service Lincoln IL
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A tornado briefly touched down near South Pekin as severe thunderstorms slowly rolled through Central Illinois on Wednesday afternoon.

A trained spotter reported the touchdown just south of the Tazewell County village around 1:45 p.m. A spotter also reported a tornado at 1:37 p.m. about two miles northwest of Green Valley.

A tornado warning for Tazewell County expired at 2:15 p.m. No damage or injuries reported in either incident as of 2:45 p.m.

Much of the wider central Illinois region is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Wednesday. This includes Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Mason nad McLean counties.

Hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 75 mph also are possible.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.