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5 dead as tornadoes ravage U.S. Midwest

English.news.cn   2013-11-18 12:54:58            

 • Violent tornadoes swept across the U.S. Midwest, killing five people and leaving dozens more injured.
 • 80 tornadoes battered the region as of 8 p.m. local time, most of which took place in Illinois and Indiana.
 • The tornado danger continues to shift eastward across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.



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Photo taken on Nov, 17, 2013 shows remains of houses and property destroyed by a tornado in the town of Washington, IL, the United States. A tornado touched down in Chicago-area in the U.S. state of Illinois at midday Sunday, bringing along heavy rains and strong winds, accompanied by thunderbolts and lightning, and turning the sky as pitch dark as night. (Xinhua/Ting Shen)

CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Violent tornadoes and severe storms swept across the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving dozens more injured.

Nearly 80 tornadoes battered the region as of 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT, Monday), most of which took place in Illinois and Indiana, with a few in Kentucky, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

Extensive damage was reported in the towns of Washington and Pekin in northern Illinois, where parts of the town have been leveled and many buildings destroyed.

Storms darkened downtown Chicago at midday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, the speed of which could reach as high as 70 mph. Witnesses even spotted funnel cloud in McHenry County, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Chicago.

Due to the storms, the Chicago Bears-Baltimore Ravens football game, scheduled to take place at noon at the Soldier Field in downtown Chicago, has been postponed, and the fans were evacuated to take shelter inside the Soldier Field.

The tornado danger continues to shift eastward across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

The U.S. National Weather Service warned that numerous powerful, fast-moving thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes along with widespread damaging winds and large hail, will continue to threaten the Ohio Valley and Mid-South Sunday evening.

Reports said that severe weather has wreaked havoc across 26 states in the United States on Sunday.

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The Chicago Bears-Baltimore Ravens game scheduled to take place at noon at the Soldier Field in Chicago was forced to be postponed, and the fans were evacuated to take shelter inside the Soldier Field. Full story

Multiple tornadoes hit central U.S. states

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Several tornadoes hit central U.S. states of Iowa and Nebraska Friday evening, causing considerable property damage, local media reported.

One tornado occurred in the northeast Nebraska town of Wayne at about 6:30 p.m. EDT (1030 GMT). Several people were trapped in a building there, and a hazardous materials crew was en route to evaluate a gas leak at a supply company, local officials said. Full story

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HOUSTON, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Oklahoma authorities confirmed on Friday that at least five people were killed when tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs where are still recovering from a monster twister less than two weeks ago.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said earlier a mother and her baby were killed in their car while traveling on Interstate 40, just west of Oklahoma City. Full story

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