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Georgia naval base struck by likely tornado; Illinois town takes direct hit

A storm system that tore across the Plains Friday into Saturday morning brought severe thunderstorms and a likely tornado to southeast Georgia on Sunday.

Tornado warnings were issued for Camden County, which includes Kingsland, St. Marys and Cumberland Island, Georgia. Tornado warnings also were issued for Nassau County in northeast Florida.

Action News Jax said injuries were reported at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base near Kingsland, about 4 p.m Sunday. Reporter Ryan Nelson said he spoke with the mother of one of the injured people. Nelson said she told him her son had been fishing when the storm hit and that he had been taken to a hospital.

Scott Bassett, a public information officer at the base, told that no submarines were damaged in the storm. He said there was wind damage to a pier facility in the southeast part of the base where smaller Coast Guard vessels dock. One of those boats flipped in the storm, Bassett said. He also said the storm knocked down utility poles and flipped vehicles.

Later Sunday, another public information officer, Chris Tucker, told First Coast News that four people had been injured in the storm. Tucker said their injuries were not severe, but they were taken to a local medical facility where they were treated and released.

A tornado Saturday that left more than 100 homes damaged and 25 people injured in Taylorville, Illinois. The tornado struck the town of about 11,200 residents just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

The storm system also was responsible for at least four tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and killed one person in a southwestern Missouri.

Fire Chief Robert Ward told KYTV that one person inside an Aurora, Missouri, motel was killed as a storm passed through. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado in the area. An EF0 was confirmed to have hit Monett, Missouri.

Authorities have not released the person’s name or details of how the death occurred.

A tornado was reported near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, around 9:30 p.m. CST. Widespread damage was reported around the Lake Tenkiller area as the storm tracked on towards Arkansas. The storm was accompanied by a strong tornado debris signature, indicating that significant damage may have occurred for some time.

As daylight arrived Saturday, extensive damage could be seen from social media posts, including damage to the Snake Creek Marina at Lake Tenkiller.

“There’s nothing left. No marina. Nothing. My boat’s gone and everything is gone,” Michael Martin told KOTV. “This is devastating right here. I mean few of the docks have been torn up, but these are destroyed. There ain’t nothing left down there.

Editor’s Note: This story was written by Ron Brackett, The Weather Company

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