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Two tornadoes confirmed after central Illinois storms

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornados in one of the worst storms in central Illinois so far this year.

Meteorologist Ed Shimon says one tornado damaged 25 buildings in Williamsville, including a church. He says around a dozen people were injured in the small community northeast of Springfield. He says none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Another confirmed tornado was in Loami (loh-AM'-uh), where several people were also injured.

Both tornados struck Wednesday afternoon.

Twelve injured people were taken to St. John's Hospital. Nursing coordinator Roscoe Cook says one was injured when a car was flipped by the wind and the other was blown off his motorcycle.

Storms force changes to Ill. State Fair schedule

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The storms that raged through central Illinois are forcing organizers to make some changes to the schedule at the Illinois State Fair.

Harness racing had been slated for yesterday but was pushed back to this afternoon. And fair organizers say they're canceling the truck and tractor pull slated for tonight.

The storm blew through the Illinois State Fairgrounds yesterday. No major damage was reported.

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