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Milwaukee Red Cross heads to Illinois to help town destroyed by tornado

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Milwaukee Red Cross heads to Illinois to help town destroyed by tornado

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Nov 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 20, 2013

PEORIA - We now know that no tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin on Sunday, but plenty of damage was caused by the 100 mph winds. Winds tore up trees and pushed over buildings.

But things are even worse in Illinois. Officials originally thought 500 homes were destroyed, but that number has doubled to more than 1,000 homes, according to the mayor. Power to some areas has been turned back on making it easier for crews to start cleaning up the mess.

Two volunteers are leaving from Milwaukee, heading to Illinois, on Wednesday with an emergency response vehicle. They'll be going to the ravaged neighborhoods and help and provide hot meals to victims.

The volunteers will likely be there for several days.