Farm workers secure the roof of a damaged barn in Thorntown, Ind., Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Overnight storms downed power lines and damaged structures in the area. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) By Michael Conroy
(AP)- Utility crews are scrambling to restore power to tens of thousands of Illinois customers affected by severe storms that included unconfirmed reports of tornadoes.
Ameren Illinois says more than 35,000 homes and businesses in central and southern Illinois still were without electricity as of mid-day Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday night's storms. That's down from a peak of roughly 83,000 outages in the hours after the violent weather rocked the region.
Officials with the National Weather Service say crews are out inspecting some of the damage, trying to confirm whether it was the work of tornadoes.
There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
Officials say the strong winds overturned some rail cars, at least one tractor-trailer and damaged dozens of buildings.
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