SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking federal aid for residents and businesses in four counties recovering from a rare December tornado outbreak.

Rauner said he’s asked the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster declaration that would open up low-interest loans for eligible residents and businesses in Christian, Macon, Montgomery and Sangamon counties.

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The governor submitted his request after state emergency management officials found that 33 homes and one business sustained major damage in central Illinois’ Christian County.

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The county seat of Taylorville and neighboring Hewittville were hardest-hit by the December 1 storms that unleashed at least 23 tornadoes in Illinois.

The National Weather Service says an EF-3 tornado with winds up to 155 mph caused more than $4 million residential and commercial losses in Christian County.

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