Tornado rips through Pontiac, Illinois

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PONTIAC, Ill. -- Illinois officials and residents are assessing damage after six tornadoes damaged rural communities in the northern part of the state amid powerful storms that swept across the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado with estimated top wind speeds of 115-125 mph cut a path more than 11 miles long and about four football fields wide into the city of Pontiac on Wednesday night. Officials said at least seven people were injured in that tornado.

Survey crews also identified several other EF1 tornadoes, with maximum winds up to 110 mph, that struck Cissna Park, Ottawa and West Brooklyn. No injuries resulted from those storms.

According to Pontiac Fire Chief Scott Runyon, about two dozen homes and nine commercial businesses were damaged in the Pontiac area.

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