7 ½-mile long tornado touch down confirmed in Peoria County

TRIVOLI, Ill. (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Peoria County on Tuesday shortly after polling places closed for the Illinois primary election.

A crew surveying damage said the tornado rated an EF2 with sustained winds of 125 mph and touched down in a rural area northwest of Trivoli. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1TP4c3t ) the funnel cloud traveled about 7 ½ miles and started at 7:45 p.m. Another crew surveying damage Wednesday was working to determine if a second, weaker tornado also touched down.

Meteorologist Chris Miller says the twister was a quarter-mile wide and took two roofs when it lifted back into the clouds.

Elsewhere in Illinois severe weather on Tuesday ripped the roof off a home in Springfield and a possible tornado was reported in Kankakee County.

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