As many as 500 homes destroyed, 120 injured in Washington, Ill.


by Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says storms and tornadoes destroyed or heavily damaged between 250 and 500 homes in the Tazewell County community.

Click here to see photos of the widespread destruction.

Gary Manier says hundreds of residents of Washington spent the night in shelters after a storm cut a swath of damage through the community of about 16,000 people that’s about 140 miles southwest of Chicago.

Police say the number of people injured has reached at least 120 victims.

Viewer photos: Storms leave trail of damage in St. Louis area

It’s not clear when they’ll be allowed home.

One person in Washington died five other fatalities were reported across Illinois from Sunday’s severe weather.

Video: Man recites the Lord's Prayer as tornado passes through Washington

Most of Washington remained without power on Monday and authorities say it could be days before the lights are back on.

Photos: 6 killed in Illinois tornadoes

The town will be under a curfew for at least a week. llinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says Monday that the curfew will run from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Authorities implemented the curfew in large part for safety reasons. With power lines knocked down and tons of debris from the hundreds of homes that were destroyed or badly damaged, authorities do not want people walking around -- particularly when it's dark.

Also, Pierce has said they are trying to limit the number of people in the area after isolated reports of looting.