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Tornado damages at least 160 southern Illinois buildings

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- A tornado last month damaged at least 160 buildings in the southwestern Illinois community of Granite City.

Granite City Emergency Services Coordinator Jim Monaghan says about a dozen homes and businesses had serious damage, and up to 150 sustained minor damage.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin says the Feb. 28 storm had estimated wind speeds of 86-110 mph.

The city is waiving building permit fees and letting some contractors work without having to apply for city licenses in an effort to speed up the repairs.

Resident Michael Sutherland tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the storm did about $25,000 in damage to his home.

No fatalities were reported from the storm, although at least six people were injured.

The weather service blamed straight-line wind for most of the damage.

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