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COAL CITY (AP) — Authorities say high winds have caused heavy damage in Coal City, a city of about 5,000 residents south of Chicago.

Lt. David Doerfler of the Coal City Fire Protection District said late Monday that in addition to structure damage, roads in the city have been blocked by fallen trees and power lines. He says there have been no confirmed reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service is reporting high winds have caused damage near the Lee County community of Sublette.

Meteorologist Gino Izzi says he couldn't confirm that a tornado touched down in the community, located about 85 miles west of Chicago. However, downed trees and power lines and damage to vehicles at a recreation trailer park were reported.

Also no injuries were reported when the roof of a Sterling sporting goods store collapsed.


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  • Belle

    Please make your reporters research what theyre talking about next time…. Coal city is more like 60 miles south of chicago, not 85. And its the middle of the night for all of us…. Not just some people. So please, if you’re going to report, please do a better job of it. I mean really… If they’re using their headlights as light, im sure thats a pretty good indication that the power is out, dont you think?