UNDATED (AP) — Authorities say at least seven people have been injured after severe storms that spawned at least one tornado tracked across northern Illinois.
High winds caused property damage and uprooted trees the Lee County community of Sublette on Monday night. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Schultz says one person in Woodhaven Association, a private camping resort, was hospitalized with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
Schultz says four other “walking wounded” were either treated on scene or refused treatment.
Further east in Grundy County, Emergency Management Director Joe Schroeder told WGN-TV early Tuesday that there were at least two injuries in Coal City, where the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down.
Authorities were still in search-and-rescue mode there early Tuesday morning, and a shelter was opened at a local high school.
The storms were continuing east, with parts of northern Indiana and southern Michigan under a tornado watch early Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner has activated an 80-member search and rescue team to help local first responders look for people possibly trapped in a Lee County campground.
Illinois Task Force 1 will assist at Woodhaven Lakes campground. The team is specially trained in urban search and rescue, has equipment to help in difficult recovery efforts and has trained search dogs.
The governor also issued a state disaster proclamation for Lee and Grundy counties. Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center on Monday evening after a line of storms moved through northern Indiana, bringing as many as seven suspected tornadoes.