Tornado Damage Being Assessed In Northern Illinois

(AP)- Police in a northern Illinois community that was hit by a tornado says officials are moving away from search and rescue operations to now assessing damage.

Coal City Police Sgt. Thomas Logan tells the Chicago Tribune that officials moved to assessing damage as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The community of about 5,000 people about 60 miles southwest of Chicago was particularly hard hit by storms that swept through northern Illinois Monday night.

Lt. Nick Doerfler of the Coal City Fire Protection District says four people were taken to area hospitals for injuries sustained during the storm. He said there haven’t been reports of serious injuries or fatalities.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Tuesday morning that he had activated the State Emergency Operations Center in case local responders need help.

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