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Thousands Homeless as Midwest Reels From Tornadoes

6 dead as damage from scores of twisters still being assessed

(Newser) - The extent of destruction is still unknown after scores of tornadoes ripped through the Midwest yesterday , killing at least six people and decimating entire neighborhoods in the hardest-hit towns in Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were spawned by an unusually strong and fast-moving storm system that moved... More »

Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood

At least 5 dead, officials confirm

(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... More »

9 Killed as Violent Storms Lash Midwest

Toll could rise in Missouri, Illinois

(Newser) - At least nine people are dead as a violent storm system sweeps across the Midwest, causing tornadoes, pounding rain, high winds, golf-ball-sized hail, and "dangerous lightning." "It's like nothing I've ever seen, and something I don't care to see again," says the mayor... More »

Videos Show Huge Sweep of Tornadoes

Cameras catch massive funnels in Tuscaloosa, elsewhere

(Newser) - As Alabama and the other states hit hard by yesterday's tornadoes clean up, no shortage of incredible video is emerging. See the gallery for a handful of selections. After surveying the damage, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox put it this way, according to CNN : "I don't know how... More »

Death Toll Near 270 in Southern Storms

Tornado devastates Tuscaloosa

(Newser) - A wave of tornado-spawning storms ripped through six states yesterday, killing at least 269 people and flattening buildings. Some 180 people died in Alabama alone, many of those in college-town Tuscaloosa, where a mile-wide tornado tore through the city's downtown, the AP reports. There were 33 casualties in Mississippi,... More »

Toll Hits 47 in Southern Storms

Tornadoes, rain, hail pelt the region

(Newser) - A devastating storm system ripped its way through the South yesterday, pummeling the region with tornadoes, flash flooding, and hail the size of softballs. The death toll shot up today to at least 47, reports NBC News, with emergency crews searching for more victims in hard-hit areas of Virginia and... More »

Storms Wallop South; Death Toll Hits 17

Tornadoes claim victims in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama

(Newser) - A total of seven people have been killed in violent storms in Alabama, bringing the total death toll to 17 as a devastating storm system works its way across the South. A spate of tornadoes ripped through towns, tossing mobile homes around like toys. "The tornado hit and jumped... More »

Tornadoes Kill 7 in South, Cause Flooding

Storm system moving east after deaths in Missouri and Arkansas

(Newser) - A rare outbreak of winter tornadoes has killed at least seven people in Missouri and Arkansas and left a trail of destruction across the South and Midwest. Three people were killed by a tornado in a small town in northern Arkansas and a tornado spawned by the same weather system... More »

Savage Storms Lash the South

2-year-old dies in Kentucky; Mississippi and Arkansas battered

(Newser) - Severe storms tore through Southern states yesterday, the AP reports. Homes were damaged and tens of thousands of people had their power knocked out. A 2-year-old Kentucky girl died in surging floodwater and 22 injuries were reported in Mississippi as storms packing possible tornadoes toppled trees, ripped roofs off homes... More »

13 Dead in Midwest Floods

Three people remain missing; Missouri especially hard hit

(Newser) - Massive flooding across the central US has left 13 people dead and three missing, the AP reports. Record or near-record crests were reported across Missouri; Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio also saw flooding. Rescuers were searching for a Texas teenager washed into a drainage pipe and for two people in... More »

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