TAYLORVILLE, Ill. -- A series of tornadoes formed in Central and Western Illinois Saturday evening as a storm system was greeted by unseasonably warm temperatures.
Among the hardest hit areas appears to be Taylorville, a small town that sits about 25 miles South and East of Springfield.
Emergency crews reported major damage in the heart of the town with a number of people being reported trapped inside partially collapsed homes or by downed power lines.
Firefighters from several surrounding towns were called in to help as first responders went door-to-door looking for anyone stuck or injured.
While there are reports of injuries, it's not yet clear how many people are hurt, or the severity of those injuries.