Latest: Police say no major injuries from Illinois tornado

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Posted: Jul 17, 2015 1:38 AM

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on damaging storms in parts of Illinois (all times are local):

12:30 a.m.

Illinois State Police say there are currently no reports of significant injuries after a tornado hit the Illinois town of Cameron.

The agency said in a news release late Thursday that search and rescue operations would go through the night in the town of about 600 people that's roughly 200 miles southwest of Chicago. No one was being allowed into the town.

According to the statement, the tornado touched down in Cameron around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, causing "significant" damage. The agency says it downed numerous power lines and caused several gas leaks. Electricity and gas service to the town have been shut off as a precaution.

A temporary shelter has been set up at United High School near Monmouth.

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12:05 a.m.

The National Weather says it will be sending survey teams out at first light Friday to determine the number and strength of tornadoes that swept through an area of Illinois from Burlington to Galesburg.

Andy Ervin is a meteorologist for the NWS Quad Cities in Illinois. He says there is strong evidence of tornadoes in the area just before dusk on Thursday night but the full extent of the damage will not be known until morning.

Much of the attention has centered on Cameron, Illinois, which was cordoned off by police after what witnesses reported a tornado hit the town of about 600 people located about 200 miles southwest of Chicago.

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11 p.m.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph says no patients have been received at area hospitals after a tornado swept through the towns of Kirkwood, Monmouth and Cameron late Thursday. However, it's possible anyone injured could have been treated at the scene of the damage.

Photographs posted on the KWQC website (http://bit.ly/1CKopA4 ) show damage to a grain silo and heavy damage to at least one house. Police are turning cars away from Cameron and are not letting residents back into the building to survey damage.

Emergency management agency spokeswoman Patty Thompson says the agency hasn't learned the extent of the damage in Warren County. However, it has been put on alert and is in position to provide assistance to the area if it is needed.

Trees and power lines were downed in the area. Ameren Illinois reports thousands are without power in Monmouth and surrounding Warren and Henderson counties.

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9:55 p.m.

KWQC-TV reports the Warren County Sheriff's Department says a tornado swept through the towns of Kirkwood, Monmouth and Cameron late Thursday. Early reports indicate Cameron has been damaged by high winds. Cameron is a town of about 600 people located about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. It hasn't been determined if there are injuries.

Photographs posted on the KWQC website (http://bit.ly/1CKopA4 ) show damage to a grain silo and heavy damage to at least one house. Police are turning cars away from Cameron and are not letting residents back into the building to survey damage.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patty Thompson says the agency hasn't learned the extent of the damage in Warren County. However, it has been put on alert and is in position to provide assistance to the area if it is needed.

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9:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting strong winds have swept across northwest Illinois, causing damage in the area.

The weather service says it has received reports of damage late Thursday between Galesburg and Monmouth in Warren County, about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. The area believed hardest hit by the storm is Cameron, a town about 600 people. It hasn't been determined if there are injuries.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patty Thompson says the agency hasn't learned the extent of the damage in Warren County. The agency has been put on alert and is in position to provide assistance to the area if it is needed.