(WAND) – Multiple confirmed tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in central Illinois Monday evening, per the National Weather Service.
NWS officials in Lincoln said a tornado was located near Pleasant Plains (12 miles northwest of Springfield) and moving east at 30 miles per hour.
Another NWS report said a confirmed tornado was located near Mechanicsburg, or 15 miles east of Springfield, at 6:15 p.m. It was moving east at 35 miles per hour at that time.
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down over Niantic at 6:35 p.m. This is 11 miles west of Decatur. NWS officials said it is moving east at 35 miles per hour. At 7:04 p.m., the tornado was over Mount Zion.
Tornado warnings in the viewing area had expired as of 8:40 p.m. Monday.
Severe thunderstorm warnings are still in effect until 9 p.m. for the following areas:
- Southeastern Coles County
- Southwestern Edgar County
- Northwestern Clark County
- Southwestern Coles County
- Southeastern Moultrie County
- East central Shelby County
- Northwestern Cumberland County