NWS confirms EF-2 tornado in Galatia, Ill.


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

GALATIA, Ill.  The twister that hit Galatia, Ill. Tuesday night has been classified as an EF-2 tornado.  That's according to the National Weather Service.

Officials say the tornado touched down around 10:20pm and lasted for about two minutes.

In that time, it traveled about a mile starting just west of North Park Street and ending east of McKinley Street.

While it was on the ground, the storm produced winds up to 115 miles per hour.

At least two people were injured.  One was hurt after a tree fell on a mobile home.  The other fell during the tornado.

Several homes were damaged, including one that had its entire roof removed by the wind.

Earlier story:

GALATIA, Ill.  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado did touchdown in Galatia, Ill. Tuesday night.

NWS officials have yet to determine the intensity of the twister.

At least two people were hurt as the storm passed through Saline County.  One person suffered a head injury while a second was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.  Three people were trapped in three separate residences as well.

Several homes were also damaged.

Earlier story:

GALATIA, Ill. - At least two people were injured when severe weather passed through Saline
County Tuesday night. Saline County Central Dispatch received numerous 911 calls reporting
damage and people trapped, at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday.

One person suffered a head injury and was taken by Med-Force EMS to Ferrell Hospital in
Eldorado, a second person was transported by a private vehicle to the hospital as well. At least
three people were trapped in three separate residences along Walker Street in Galatia. Saline
County deputies, Galatia Fire Department and Carrier Mills Police assisted in freeing the trapped
residents and searching the area for additional injuries.

A preliminary overview appears to be of straight lines winds, with several homes with damage to
roofs and outside structures. In addition, several large trees were also up-rooted in and around
Galatia. The National Weather Service will review the area after daylight and make a final

Power lines, were down in numerous places in Galatia as well. Residents are cautioned to stay
away from power lines as the lines could become energized at any time.

A powerline was brought down by a tree in Eldorado, which the Eldorado Fire Department
investigated on Alexander Road. Also a couple of trees were also reported down in Carrier Mills.