Governor Bruce Rauner has visited two areas devastated by tornadoes late Thursday. The storms hitting both Delavan in the Peoria area, and Cameron -- near Galesburg -- have preliminarily been rated E-F-2 tornadoes by the National Weather Service, carrying winds over 120 miles per hour. Rauner told people in Cameron that he's amazed by how everyone is keeping it together. "As I've been meeting with the families, their resilience and their positive attitude toward dealing with this devastation -- it's remarkable," says Rauner. "The families here are remarkable, and the way members of the community are coming together to help each other. It's wonderful." Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph says local officials in Cameron, for example, did everything right.
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"My hat's off to the local police and fire, and the first responders that are here," says Joseph. "When we activated the Operations Center, it would have taken a couple of hours for my emergency management staff to get here. Our State Police district, though, was very quickly on the scene, and able to give us some real-time information, as well as provide immediate support to the county sheriff here." Only minor injuries were reported, and no deaths, but plenty of damage. A smaller tornado also struck the community of Port Byron, near the Quad Cities, also causing some damage.