UPDATE: The Illinois National Guard is dispatching 10 firefighters to the central Illinois community of Washington to search for survivors of a powerful tornado.
A news release by the National Guard follows reports that people were trapped in buildings after Sunday's severe weather.
Area hospitals were also trying to set up a temporary emergency medical care facility in Washington. One official in a nearby hospital says it remains unclear how many people were injured or the severity of those injuries. Steve Brewer of the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria says a few people have come to the hospital and about 15 more had gone to another area hospital.
A tornado or a series of tornadoes hit several central Illinois communities. Washington appears to be the hardest hit.
PREVIOUS: Emergency officials say there are reports of extensive damage in and around the central Illinois community of Washington and that rescue teams are racing there amid reports of people trapped in buildings.
Telephone service is spotty in the region and Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said Sunday that it's difficult to get solid information about the extent of the damage. She says that there are also reports of damage in Grundy and LaSalle counties.
The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes have touched down in other central Illinois communities but it's unclear if one tornado touched down several times or there were multiple tornadoes. The weather service says a tornado touched down in Frankfort, about 35 miles southwest of Chicago.
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