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Severe storms cause destruction in the Midwest




WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: A person stands amongst damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.
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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced several tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest left behind a path of destruction in 12 states.
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Severe weather hit the Midwest this weekend, creating dozens of tornadoes, flash floods and even hair. Washington, IL, a town of 10,000 people was amongst the hardest hit. The entire neighborhood was virtually flattened, and at least one person died in the area. Across the entire state six people were killed from the storms.   

In neighboring communities, homes were destroyed, and rescuers were trying to teach people trapped in their basement. Throughout the region, the National Weather Service reported at least 67 tornadoes as of Sunday evening. Thousands of people were left without power across the station.

Residents in pother nearby states including Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio were left without power, and faced heavy winds as the tornadoes continued to move across states.

Guest:

Denise Molina, Morning Edition host for Peoria Public Radio

Doyle Rice, Weather Editor, USA Today