Pekin, Illinois: Few Injuries, No Deaths After Tornado Touches Down

November 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Few people were injured and none died in Pekin in Illinois on Sunday after a tornado moved through the city.

One Twitter user said that a Pekin resident told her that he’s okay but that there’s “utter destruction” in the town. 

Despite the heavy damage reported and seen in pictures from the town, officials at Pekin Hospital told the Peoria Journal Star that fewer than 6 people have sought treatment following the tornado.

Between 35 to 50 homes were damaged in Pekin, with at least several destroyed.

The tornado comes amid a storm system that damaged at least 10 communities across Illinois and Indiana, including nearby Washington and Peoria.

Elizabeth Perkins, 15, and her dad Sean were driving to Pekin from Utica when they heard that the tornado hit; arriving home, they found their home damaged, Elizabeth told the Pekin Daily Times.

“Our garage is completely gone, our windows were blown out, and there are leaves and tree limbs inside our house,” Perkins said.

“But the funny thing is we had a chess game set up, and none of the pieces were moved,” she added, shaking her head. “And there’s a lamp still hanging from the ceiling right next to a wall that was (blown in).”

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