The death toll now stands at six across Illinois from a series of violent November tornadoes that struck from one end of the state to the other.
Hardest hit appears to be the town of Washington, near Peoria, where one person was killed and dozens of others hurt… and hundreds of homes and businesses were demolished.
National Guard firefighters and other rescue workers have been dispatched to conduct home-to-home searches looking for victims and survivors.
Tornadoes caused death and destruction from the Chicago suburbs to deep Southern Illinois.
In the Springfield area, there were no confirmed funnel clouds or touchdowns, and the primary damage appears to be downed tree limbs. However, some property damage was reported in Menard County, where 170 Ameren customers are still without power.
More than 3,000 people in Christian and Montgomery counties are also in the dark this morning.