At Least Six Dead
1:35 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Tornado Slams Southern Illinois

The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's (February 29) strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.

The Saline County Sheriff's office reports six people are dead and more than 100 injured as a result of the storms.

Storm victims are being transported to hospitals in Williamson County for treatment.  The sheriff's department reports more than 200 homes damaged or destroyed in Harrisburg along with 25 businesses, including the hospital.

Ameren Illinois spokesman Leigh Morris said the utility is still assessing the damage. Ameren has activated its Emergency Operations Center. 

Morris said crews report significant destruction in the Harrisburg area where the storm hit.  He said their primary concern is public safety. 

Saline County authorities say a 6:00 pm curfew will be enforced Wednesday night in Harrisburg.

Thanks to WSIU Public Radio in Carbondale for the story and photos