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City Lifts Curfew In Washington After Tornado

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Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) – The curfew is being lifted in the tornado-battered central Illinois community of Washington.

Emergency officials say the curfew is being lifted on Friday evening. It had been place from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. and was instituted for safety reasons because of debris scattered around the city of about 16,000 people.

Still, despite the end of the curfew, emergency management officials say people will only be allowed to access certain heavily damaged homes during specific hours.

Sunday’s tornado killed at least six people in Illinois, one of them in Washington.

More than 1,000 homes in the community were damaged or destroyed.

Washington is about 10 miles east of Peoria.

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