The Cass County emergency manager reported the tornado just before 3 p.m. Thursday near the town of Arenzville. That’s about 50 miles west of Springfield.
Many residents of a central Illinois town was evacuated early Friday, after a train containing denatured alcohol derailed and several cars exploded.
Central Illinois and several several southern counties should brace for severe thunderstorms, winds and hail Saturday night.
Authorities say nearly two dozen homes in central Illinois were damaged after a possible tornado touchdown in downstate Menard County.