Coles County thunderstorm damage

Rocky Reynolds, left, looks over the damage to his home on South Lawn Drive in Mattoon on Tuesday morning. The thunderstorms that passed through the area late Monday and early Tuesday caused a tree to fall and damage the house.

TAYLORVILLE — Christian County officials spent Tuesday surveying damage from two reported tornadoes.

A powerful storm system swept through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning, downing limbs and causing other problems in a wide section of Central Illinois. Scattered power outages also were reported. 

Heather Stanley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service at Lincoln, said a tornado touched down 2 miles east to southeast of Edinburg and traveled 4 miles northeast of Taylorville.

She said the tornado is classified as an EF-1, with winds between 100 and 110 mph. It was on the ground for about 5 miles.

Mike Crews, from the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, said there were several reports of storm damage, and a team assessed the area on Tuesday morning.

The tornado caused "lots and lots of crop damage," he said.

There were reports of a second minor tornado north of Assumption, Stanley said. 

No serious damage was reported in Moultrie or Macon counties, officials there said. 

In Mattoon, a tree fell into a house on South Lawn Drive, causing damage. 

Storms are expected to return later in the week. The weather service is projecting a chance of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. 

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