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Mayor: 1,000 homes damaged, destroyed in Ill. town

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says more than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by strong storms.

Mayor Gary Manier says that figure includes homes that were totally destroyed as well as properties that received minor damage. Officials still haven't said how many people in the community have been affected by Sunday's tornado. Washington has about 16,000 residents and is about 10 miles east of Peoria.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had winds that reached 190 miles per hour. The funnel cloud cut a path more than 46 miles long, killing one person and injuring dozens more.

Across Illinois, Sunday's storms killed six people. Forecasters say there were at least 11 tornadoes that hit the state.

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