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Death Toll From Midwest Storms Reaches 8

Tornado damaged homes  in Washington, Illinois
Tornado damaged homes in Washington, Illinois (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Damage assessments are coming in from the Midwest following yesterday’s tornado outbreak.

Violent storms hit a dozen states, with Illinois taking the most severe blow. At least six people were killed in the state, while officials have confirmed two other storm-related deaths in Michigan.

One of the hardest hit towns was Washington, Ill., about 140 miles west of Chicago. The National Weather Service says it was hit by an EF-4 tornado, with winds of 170-190 miles an hour. The mayor says anywhere from 250 to 500 homes were damaged or destroyed.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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