UPDATE: Tornadoes, Damaging Storms Sweep Through Midwest

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Tornadoes and other intense storms that ripped through the Midwest Sunday have left a path of destruction.

At least six people have been killed, including three in Massac County in the far southern part of Illinois.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says there may have been as many as 40 tornadoes throughout the Midwest Sunday.

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Entire blocks in Washington, Ill., are leveled after tornadoes and other fierce storms ripped through 12 states in the Midwest yesterday.

Washington resident Curt Zehr says his wife and adult son scrambled into their basement when Zehr spotted a funnel cloud.

Zehr says moments later, the house was gone, but his family was uninjured.

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There are reports of damage in several Illinois communities as intense thunderstorms and tornadoes sweep across the Midwest.

The central Illinois community of Washington appears particularly hard-hit. A state official says emergency crews raced to the area amid reports that people were trapped in buildings. But Patti Thompson of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management says communications are spotty and it’s difficult to get information from the scene.

The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down East Peoria, Washington, Metamora, Morton and other Illinois communities. Officials couldn’t say whether it was one tornado touching down or several.

Bad weather also caused officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and suspend the Bears game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Forecasters say it’s all part of a dangerous weather system that has the potential to be destructive and deadly.

Russell Schneider, director of the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center, says some 53 million people in 10 states are “at significant risk for thunderstorms and tornadoes.”

VIDEO: From YouTube, watch how one TV crew had to stop broadcasting as the tornado moved in.

 

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