(Reuters) - An apparent tornado damaged and destroyed numerous homes in a community near Chicago on Monday night, with emergency personnel on the scene reporting people injured and trapped in the area, weather and emergency management officials said.
Emergency responders in the small town of Coal City, about 60 miles (100 km) south of Chicago, had reported that homes were destroyed by the storm, according to Joe Schroeder, director of the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency.
Schroeder said he could not give details immediately about the extent of the damage or injuries.
The National Weather Service in Chicago said in an online bulletin at about 10 p.m. (0300 GMT) that a "very damaging tornado" had likely touched down in the area.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Paul Tait)