Illinois tornadoes: Photos of the storm's destruction across the Midwest

“We have trees down, we have [power] lines down, we have poles down and we have flooding."

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The Independent US

Five tornadoes hit central Illinois on Monday night causing significant property damage and injuring at least seven people.

The National Weather Service radar showed at least seven possible tornado tracks south and west of Chicago, the Associated Press reported. Local authorities had confirmed at least 7 people were injured with only one taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The storms reportedly touched down in Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle, Lee and Will counties. Thomas Logan, a Coal City police officer, told the Chicago-Sun Times that searching for injured people had begun on foot.

“We have trees down, we have [power] lines down, we have poles down and we have flooding. We tried to get over there one time just using a normal truck and we got bogged down.”

Nearly 19,000 ComEd customers were still without power Tuesday morning and roughly 55,000 were in the dark. Joe Schroeder, the Grundy County Emergency Management director, told WGN-TV that at least 30 buildings were affected by the storms and that a shelter was opened at a local high school.

Here are photos of the wreckage: