One killed by Ottawa tornado, 14 taken to hospital

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One killed by Ottawa tornado, 14 taken to hospital

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OTTAWA, lll. (WEEK) -- -

One person is dead after tornadoes moved through Ottawa today.

Ottawa Police said the person was killed by a falling tree caused by severe storms that moved through the area Tuesday. The Illinois State Police is assisting in rescue and recovery efforts.

An OSF HealthCare spokeswoman said 14 people were taken to OSF St. Elizabeth in Ottawa with injuries of varying severity. One was later transported to OSF Saint Francis in Peoria with critical injuries. Many of the admitted were injured by tree limbs. 

Residents needing shelter are advised to go to Ottawa High School, 211 East Main for help. The Red Cross will help with reunification efforts. Local police will conduct damage surveys. 

Thousands in LaSalle County are also still without power. Ameren Illinois said 8,400 customers were still facing outages as of 9 p.m. Tuesday due to severe damage to power infrastructure. The company has activated its Emergency Operations Center, deployed additional employees and sent three storm trailers to north central Illinois. 

Ottawa is the LaSalle County seat. It sits roughly halfway between Peoria and Chicago. It is near Starved Rock State Park. 

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