Central Illinois man describes tornado destruction

CHICAGO (AP) — A resident of the central Illinois community of Washington says a tornado wiped out his house and his entire neighborhood in a matter of seconds.

Michael Perdun tells The Associated Press that when he heard the sound of the tornado bearing down on his neighborhood Sunday morning he only had time to run downstairs, grab his 10-year-old daughter and crouch in the laundry room until the tornado swept through. He says when he walked up the stairs only the wall of his fireplace was standing.

A Washington alderman tells Chicago's WBBM Radio that several people were injured and hundreds of homes were damaged.

Tornadoes were reported in several central Illinois communities but it remains unclear the extent of the damage there.