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Rauner to survey storm damage in Southern Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner comforts Julie Wielgopola and her dog, Kirby, on Wednesday while touring the town of Napalm, in northern Illinois, a day after storms producing tornadoes moved through much of the Midwest.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner comforts Julie Wielgopola and her dog, Kirby, on Wednesday while touring the town of Napalm, in northern Illinois, a day after storms producing tornadoes moved through much of the Midwest. AP

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner planned to survey storm damage Thursday in White County, which was among the areas hit hard by Midwest storms that spawned tornadoes.

Rauner’s visit to Southern Illinois on Thursday follows a tour on Wednesday of storm damage in central Illinois including Ottawa, where an uprooted tree killed 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland.

In White County, an apparent tornado of undetermined strength near the town of Crossville killed a 71-year-old man and injured his wife. The White County coroner’s office says Thomas McCord had sought shelter in an outbuilding near his home before being killed by the storm.

In all, tornadoes were blamed in three deaths, including one in Missouri, amid a large swath of destruction through the central U.S. before storms rumbled eastward.

Rauner was scheduled to attend a briefing with officials at 11 a.m. in Carmi, which is in southeast Illinois, then survey damage in Elkville, which is on U.S. 51, south of Du Quoin.

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