Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood
At least 5 dead, officials confirm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2013 1:05 PM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2013 7:42 PM CST
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(Newser) – Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest today, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities and killing five, officials confirmed. Among the deaths: An elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farm house in southern Illinois' Washington County. The tornadoes sent people scrambling for shelter and prompted officials at Chicago's Soldier Field to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears pro football game. (They eventually won.) The community of Washington in central Illinois appeared particularly hard-hit, with one resident saying his neighborhood was wiped out in a matter of seconds by what appeared to be a tornado. "The whole neighborhood's gone, the wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house," he said.

By mid-afternoon it remained unclear how many people were hurt. In a news release, the Illinois National Guard said it had dispatched firefighters and vehicles to Washington to assist with "immediate search and recovery operations in the tornado damaged area." According to weather service officials, parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan, and western Ohio were at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds throughout the day, before the storm system pushed into the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states this evening.

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Nov 18, 2013 6:48 AM CST
Some people say: well, this is mother nature, or this is the result of global warming, and yada, yada, yada...OK....not likely at all! Have you NOT figured out "Who" is in "CONTROL" over the weather? To "SEE" that you have to go to a KIng James Bible and look up Job 37:13. IT is Father God, not mother stinking nature! She does not exist, except in the back of some apostate aethists mind! The people who refuse to believe that God/Jesus Christ is in charge of the weather! Except for the FACT that he always say, "God is Love" and he is: however; He does correct His people and he does use the weather..i.e. tornadoes and hurricaes and fires and earthquakes, and circumstances to do so! PROOF: here it is....the facts are, and IF anyone ever gave a hoot to LOOK, and "SEE" that every hurricane tornado and fire, earthquake etc are the result of either God using these elements to Punish this, and any nation for its treatment of Israel or because of its rejection of the TRUTH, and to just be a blessing with rain and for the land! See the Book, "How Satan Turned America Against God" by William P.Grady (Grady There is a list of many natural disaters that always preceed what this nation/world has done as per the above! Look at Katrina, and dennis and Ivan and the event in Indonesia that wiped out a whole island of 250K people! LOOK at this FACT(S) and see...MOTHER STINKING Nature had NOTHING to do w/this, BUT God/Jesus Christ alone! HE CONTROLS the weather and the events of mankind. JOB 37:13/KJV 1 Peter 3:18 KJV
Nov 17, 2013 7:39 PM CST
This is not going away. It's only to get worse with increased incidences! This is the result of ignoring the warnings of global warming from decades ago. This was scoffed at and ridiculed. Now the comeuppance is here!
Nov 17, 2013 7:26 PM CST
I was expecting jokes about how there is never a touchdown at Soldier Field. Thank you all for restoring my faith in humanity.