Tornadoes and thunderstorms rampaged through the Midwest Sunday (November 17, 2013), killing several people in Illinois and leaving a path of destruction.

The total number of those killed by the storms has not yet been determined, though major outlets report at least six dead as 81 reported tornadoes tore through the Midwest on Sunday. The storms destroyed at least 70 homes in Illinois alone. The storms struck in the early-to-mid afternoon and appeared to strike hardest in central Illinois.

The little town of Washington, Ill. was among the communities hardest hit, Fox News reported. “The entire town of Washington is devastated,” Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) told Fox News. This is a great fall for the town as the Washington High School Panthers are in the IHSSA playoffs. The team defeated the (Illinois State) University Pioneers on Saturday by the score of 41-7.

CNN reported that at least 70 houses were destroyed and one person was killed in Washington. Hospitals in nearby Peoria treated some of those injured.

NBC news also reported a death in Brookport, Ill., on the Kentucky state line. Also among those killed were an elderly couple who lived in a farmhouse in Nashville, Ill (also in southern Illinois, nearly 200 miles from Washington), NBC reported.


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