Midwestern Tornadoes Kill 6 and Destroy Towns

Hundreds of thousands of people are without power across the Midwest due to violent storms and tornadoes.

Damaged buildings along Washington Road in the aftermath of a tornado on Nov. 18, 2013 in Washington, Ill..
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At least six people died as a result of the violent storm system that hit the Midwest Sunday. Tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rains have plagued 12 states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

Washington, Ill. appears to have been hit the worst and is reported to be where some of the bodies were found.

"Literally, neighborhoods are completely wiped out," Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., told Fox News. "I'm looking at subdivisions of 20 to 30 homes and there's not a home there."

"The entire town of Washington is devastated," he added.

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The National Weather Service reported 67 tornadoes Sunday, with the majority of them hitting Illinois.

 

"These storms have been moving so fast today, it's been hard to keep up," storm chaser Tony Laubach told CNN.

Rescue workers are now sifting through houses that have turned into heaps of rubble, to ensure no one is stuck in the debris.

Even the NFL, which typically requires players to play scheduled games through rain or snow, "temporarily suspended" a game played in Chicago between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, due to the inclement weather.

More than 160,000 people are without power, Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesmanJon Erickson told CNN. In Michigan nearly 390,000 had their power knocked out by major wind gusts.

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Many are surprised by the weather and tornadoes so late in the year. This was the first time in decade that a "high risk" area was issued so far north in November, meteorologist Jeff Masters of the Weather Underground reported on his website.

Though the severe weather has relented and is headed towards the Northeast with milder winds, officials have warned individuals in the areas affected by the tornadoes to remain vigilant of the weather and their surroundings.

"Residents should continue to monitor weather conditions as they develop and follow the direction of local officials," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate warned during a press conference. "Be prepared for power outages and dangerous road conditions as a result of downed power lines and flooding.''

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