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November 17, 2013

State-by-state look at storm, tornadoes in Midwest

EFFINGHAM — An unusually large and strong late-season storm system ripped through several states across the Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:

ILLINOIS

Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped off roofs and sent trees toppling in several communities across the state. At least five people were killed, including, an elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farmhouse in rural New Minden in southern Illinois, officials said.

One is the worst-hit areas was the western Illinois town of Washington, where the storm flattened houses and sent cars flying through the air.

As high winds slammed into the Chicago area, officials at Soldier Field evacuated the stands and order the Bears and Ravens off the field. Fans were allowed back to their seats shortly after 2 p.m., and the game resumed after about a two-hour delay.

INDIANA

Severe thunderstorms packing tornadoes and heavy winds rolled across Indiana Sunday afternoon and evening, injuring several people and causing widespread damage.

Gov. Mike Pence said 12 counties reported either tornadoes or storm damage after the initial line of storms had traveled midway across Indiana.

Kokomo police asked residents to stay home and off the streets after city officials declared a state of emergency in the wake of severe storms. The city police department posted photos on its Twitter account showing buildings with roofs torn off and a destroyed bank branch.

OHIO

Heavy winds from storms rolling through Ohio caused damage to buildings and have left thousands without power.

Wood County Director of Emergency Management Brad Gilbert says that two people went to the hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries when their house suffered substantial damage in Jerry City, about 10 miles southeast of Bowling Green.

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